Lift and lose it

One of the most common goals that we see with men attending Active Seniors is the desire to shed weight around their midline. This is a great goal as more than 60% of Australian adults are overweight, and the fat surrounding the abdominal area is the most dangerous because it surrounds important internal organs.

It is important when looking at your weight to also measure your waistline.

As we age muscle mass and fat tend to be unequally distributed around the body, so though you may weigh the same overall as you did before a large waistline from fat buildup can be balanced against, for example, reduced upper body muscle mass and result in a higher risk for metabolic disease. When looking at your waist measurement, anything greater than 94cm for men and 80cm for women puts you at an increased risk of this.

Men and heart disease

Heart disease is a leading cause of mortality in men. According to the Heart Foundation, approximately 98 men in Australia have a heart attack every day and one in seven of those men die. One of the major risk factors is age so it is important that you get your heart health checked regularly and make yourself aware of other factors that can increase your risk so you can take steps to eliminate or minimise them.

If you are over the age of 45 and you haven’t already done so, you should book into the doctor and have your heart health checked. It is important to do this, even if you lead a healthy lifestyle and feel fine because heart disease can go undiagnosed, progress, and still be asymptomatic until it is too late.

Exercising in the heat with diabetes

Most people have heard how vital exercise is in the management and prevention of Diabetes. But did you know that if you have the condition you need to take extra precautions when exercising in hot weather?

One of the risks for diabetics is that they can experience hypoglycaemia, which occurs when glucose levels in the blood fall too low, this is also known as having low blood sugar. Some of the symptoms include dizziness, sweating, and even confusion. These symptoms will be familiar if you have ever spent too long in the sun as they are symptoms of heat exhaustion. For this reason diabetics need to be particularly careful when exercising in the heat so as to make sure that symptoms of low blood sugar aren’t confused and thought of as just too much sun.