Eating and Exercise Tips for Your 60s (Infographic)
By JESS BARRON (with infographic research by JULIE SHEER)
More than 45 million Americans were estimated to be 60 years old or older as of 2014. By 2030 this number will increase to 76 million!
Today’s sixtysomethings are not the same as the over-sixties of years past. Compared with previous generations, the sixtysomethings of today are healthier, more active and working longer. Paying attention to the specific diet and exercise recommendations for your age group shown in the infographic below can help you enjoy greater health and quality of life.
For starters, the estimated daily calorie consumption for a sedentary person in the age range of 61 to 70 is 1,600 calories a day for women and 2,000 calories a day for men. You might be saying to yourself, “I’m not ‘sedentary’ -- I garden, play golf, go walking, and/or work out -- so that means I can eat more.” And while this may be true, those activities can still be done in the midst of a sedentary lifestyle. We find that most people in the U.S. -- in any age group -- fit the definition of “sedentary,” which simply means that you are seated for most hours of the day during the week. Despite our workouts and activities, it is the nature of the sedentary lifestyle that causes many Americans to overestimate how many calories they need to consume.
Readers - Are you in your sixties? Do you agree with these eating and exercise tips? Are there other questions you have for us? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer’s Market fare, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess’s writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC’s “The Most,” ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!