The first step to fitness at any age is to address nutritional issues and cut out all the junk.
Drink plenty of water and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
If you are over forty, then just be cautious and do not change too much too soon.
Small alterations to what you eat will be very beneficial, switch white carbohydrates for brown, cut out sodas and drink plenty of water, rediscover the taste of fresh produce and replace red meat with white and include oily fish too.
Take the time, find out what is good and what to avoid, but allow yourself an occasional treat or else you will start obsessing over anything and everything.
Often changing cooking methods can be a big help, try roasting root vegetables or steaming green ones. Tantalize your taste buds with new recipes.
Statistics show that less than half the citizens of America get enough exercise and even worse that three quarters lead a very sedate life style. This all leads to increase in heart patients, diabetics, and many other avoidable conditions.
Alongside a healthier diet introduce exercise, building up gradually. Your heart is having to work harder so choose something you enjoy and that you will not get bored with. Swimming exercises are also a good choice for those over forties but walking, cycling and jogging are all out there.
It could be a good time to start a new hobby which involves physical activity like golf or bowls. Even better if you have a willing friend or neighbor so you can share the highs and lows of getting fitter together. With so many different things to choose from, there is bound to be something that you enjoy.
Gardening can also provide exercise so it does not have to be all about sports. Your muscle tone will improve, so all those ache and pains will likely disappear, as your fitness levels rise.
Most activities are a great way of reducing stress levels; after all it is hard to worry about something when you need to concentrate on aiming a ball or hitting the back of a net. Confidence too will grow when you realize, just what you can achieve, your skin will benefit and your wardrobe will become full of new possibilities.
The only thing about getting fitter and eating more healthily, is that you will regret not doing it years ago, except the new you has no time for thinking about the past.