For our retirees, Boomers, and children of Boomers…
Wondering what the retirement 15 is
…and what you can do about it?
That was the topic when I was interviewed last week on Boomer Generation Radio.
The topic of weight-gain in older adults can stir up some fatalistic feelings, such as “of course I am not going to be able to lose the weight, my metabolism has slowed down at my age”. With those belief systems in place, you will be right. So, before we dive into the Retirement 15, let’s start with something you’ve probably already experienced, an event that you already know ends well.
When you sent your kids off to college all those years ago—did they gain the traditional Freshman 15? What advice did you have for your son / daughter when that happened? Did you tell them—“hey, you’re getting old, guess you’ll just have to get used to the extra weight.” Probably not.
You probably gave them some perspective. Helped them see that they had made some choices and formed some new habits that may not be optimal for their overall health and wellbeing.
Are you ready to take your own advice?
Are there are hormonal changes that occur as you age, yes. But there are also lifestyle changes, such as the blurring line between the weekend and the weekdays and the amount of exercise you get in your day-to-day activities.
When you focus on aging as the cause, you are less likely to look for solutions.
Generational Beliefs that can get in they way of wellness goals
Yes, there is a solution to losing the retirement 15. And, for most people, it will not require a drastic change in lifestyle. The weight can come off with little tweaks and some focused choices about wellness. But for success to be permanent, the first step is to explore some of the common generational beliefs that can get in the way of your wellness goals.
What do I mean by generational beliefs?
Here’s an example…
Most Boomers’ parents were impacted in some way or another by the Great Depression. And for many, their parents’ experience painted their relationship with food. How that shows up will be unique for everyone, but the important thing is to bring those beliefs into your conscious mind. If you equate food with love or if you unconsciously link clearing your plate as a sign of respect for your parents, then you are going to have an internal conflict when you attempt to address your Retirement 15. Bringing our unconscious thoughts into the light and making conscious choices is critical for long term success on your wellness path.
What are other obstacles and how can you overcome them?
Another important piece for reversing the retirement 15 is how you workout.
I often get a funny reaction from people when they picture themselves lifting weights. But the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the Surgeon General, the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), the NIH (National Institute of Health) as well as many University Studies all recommend that weight training for older adults has significant health benefits. The studies are numerous and the list of health benefits is long, but since we are talking about weight loss in this article, here’s a benefit to get excited about:
Weight training reverses age-related muscle loss and improves metabolism.
So what is the Retirement 15?
It’s a temporary weight gain that can occur when older adults shift their lifestyle. And yes, it can be reversed!
Looking for a roadmap to reverse your retirement 15? Simona does occasionally take on personally coaching clients. So, if you are interested in having a Vitality Coach, you can reach Simona via email by clicking here.