As people get older their metabolism starts to slow, causing many to develop a middle-aged spread despite the fact that their routine may not have changed. However, what you can get away with when you are younger isn't always true as you approach retirement. While many see putting on weight during the aging process as a fact of life, there are things people can do to boost the metabolism and ensure long-lasting health. Anna Mason, founder of Distance Dieters, recommends regular exercise, even if just for 15 minutes. Controlling diet is also important, as people should try to eat "real" food. Ms Mason said: "Eating fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meat and fish and drinking plenty of water will provide much needed energy for regular exercise, improve sleep and boost vitality." Avoiding processed foods, such as biscuits and ready meals, can also help weight management and prevent the dulling of the metabolism. Find the nearest Barchester care home.