Nutrition for Women Over Age 50

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As women age, their nutritional needs change. Middle-age women may gain weight, especially around the hips and belly. Osteoporosis is a serious concern for women after age 50. Good nutrition plus weight-bearing exercises can help to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures. Women are also at risk of losing muscle mass unless they stay active and exercise. Nutrition and exercise also helps you to reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes and some cancers. 
Cut back on your total caloric intake if you start to gain weight. Cutting calories does not mean skimping on nutrition. Replace high-calorie foods with little nutritional value with low-calorie nutrient rich foods. Instead of a doughnut for breakfast, eat a bowl of hot oatmeal with some fresh blueberries and a cup of low-fat yogurt. Whole grains, fresh fruits and dairy products provide your body with muscle and bone-building nutrients. Vitamin D and calcium are critical to keeping your bones strong and healthy. Your body can’t absorb calcium without vitamin D. Milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of both vitamin D and calcium. 
Eat more fresh vegetables and get plenty of protein in your diet. Lean meats, poultry, whole grains and legumes are good sources of protein. Raw vegetables are best, but lightly grilling or steamed vegetables can provide excellent nutrition. Avoid over-cooking vegetables. Over-cooking destroys the nutrients your body needs. Vegetables and fruits also provide your body with disease and age-fighting antioxidants.  Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. If you think you need a calcium or vitamin supplement, see your doctor. 

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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