Essential Resources on Health and Wellness from DiaMedica Publications

Fit at Fifty and Beyond

A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program
F. Michael Gloth III, M.D., with Rudy Speckamp, C.M.C.

A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum  Wellness

Publication Date: April  2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9793564-7-6
Trade Paperback: 160 pages
Size: 9.1 x 4.7 inches

Our metabolism changes as we move from young adulthood into our fifties and beyond, and we need to change our approach to nutrition and exercise as a result. Many of us wonder, “What happened?” Without changing our eating habits, we “suddenly” find ourselves both overweight and physically unable to do things that seemed easy just a few years ago. For most people, the natural changes associated with aging, along with a less active lifestyle, have led to increased weight and a loss of physical conditioning.

Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program combines the authors’ expertise in aging and nutrition to provide practical suggestions for eating and exercise, and will help readers to look and feel better as the years go by. It provides basic information on how to avoid some of the effects that age can have on weight and fitness, and provides a basic “game plan” for getting into shape and staying that way. By using and applying this information as early as possible, it will prevent these changes from occurring in the first place. If people continue to eat the same type and amounts of food as they get older, without increasing their activity level, they will gain weight, and they will gain it mainly as fat. A basic premise of this book is that preventing this process from occurring does not simply mean eating less and exercising more.

Understanding some of the changes associated with aging will allow readers to reach their ideal body weight with relatively little change in the amount they eat or the total amount of exercise or activity they do. By learning about the changes that occur as they grow older, they will find it easier to improve their health, well-being, and general overall appearance. Beginning with a discussion of how evolution made it possible for us to store energy efficiently—which translates into weight gain as we age—the authors provide a strategy for eating and exercising wisely. Each chapter provides sample recipes that translate the guidelines into healthy and delicious meals. The emphasis in the sections on exercise is on choosing an exercise program—and sticking to it—that fits each individual’s personality and the activities each enjoys. Chapters deal with the inevitable lapses in both nutrition and exercise, as well as issues that affect people with medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Praise for Fit at Fifty and Beyond…

…Your book speaks to all of us, young and old, as we age to take charge of our lives and keep on eating right and exercising to keep our bodies in good working order…Having a good attitude goes a long way and eating healthy. If we will just exercise by walking, stretching, lifting weights, and a few floor exercises it will keep us fit and then enjoy the recipes in your book, we will live well…”
— Olivia Haley, Ms. Senior America

A gem of a book—inspiring, motivating, sensible, and filled with explanations about exercise, weight loss, and nutrition. Alternatives are offered to suit the individual as well as suggestions for getting back on track after detouring from the goal. The book reads easily, offers recipes, and has the feel of a good friend giving supportive advice.” — Brenda Kurz, Fitness Instructor