Originally Posted by AudioDwebe
I've noticed recently that I'm short of breath going up stairs, or walking uphill from my office to my car. My weight increased dramatically since retirement (30 pounds), but has remained pretty constant the last few years. Still, I'm noticing this shortness of breath more than before. Also, short bursts of movement (carrying my son upstairs, etc) causes me to breath heavily and my heart rate goes up.
Is this the symptom of age (47) and inactivity? Does the same amount of inactivity cause increased symptoms as we grow older? I've never been this out of shape before and am somewhat alarmed.
Yes unfortunately these are the symptoms of being unfit or gradually increasing to being unfit which can easily lead to obesity if not taken care of. Do note that as years pass by and since your a middle aged individual effects such as diabetes, mild-high blood pressure and arthiritis comes into play quite easily.
Since my old man has symptoms similar to of yours and 2 years older, I advise you to lay off or reduce sugar and cholesterol intake, do some light 15 minute jogs, the longer the better, cycling and long walks and plenty of fresh air.
If you don't have time to do the above exercises, if you have access to your local gym or exercise equipments such as bicycles, striders, treadmills these will be beneficial to you as well. Since your body has reached a point where it is not going to develop anymore and has matured, thing's you are able to do when your were younger or thing's you eat you need to take note now and start being very careful as sideaffect's can affect your bones, heart and blood pressure quite easily (also your liver and kidney's if your a regular booze drinker), i.e. your body is starting to degrade over time and maintaining health is actually quite hard (stress comes into play as well as an unhealthy diet).
There are plenty of online quick guides written by professional's to maintain health for certain age groups and you can do to prevent the trend of your health going down the hill. But one thing besides eating healthy and doing regular exercise is don't eat before you sleep, a lot people do this, your body cannot process the food intake properly if you lay down in bed and have eaten half hours time before you sleep. Try to keep your dinner around 5-7 and at least 2 half hours before you sleep and during this time be sure to do some exercises and not just go back to the couch and continue eat and watch tv, your not doing your body a favour.
Edited by DefQon - 5/26/12 at 7:54pm