Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Better Health for Women Post 40

You may think you are too old but, it is never too late to get back into shape. With the right exercise routine, you could ward off diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiac conditions and even manage to extend your life span. The British Medical Journal proved this fact by stating that men and women who adopted a healthy active lifestyle were likely to live 2.3 years more than the national average. The same study also showed that increased exercise between the ages of 50 – 60 could result in a higher overall life expectancy.

Getting fit

If you’ve never exercised, yes, it going to be difficult in the beginning but we are not asking you to jump right into a vigorous and embarrassing gym routine. You can start your day by incorporating a brisk walk, which will boost your body metabolism. This is a necessary step as body metabolism slows down after 30 and women find that it becomes increasingly difficult to burn off calories. As you age, the body also tends to lose muscle mass and gain fatty tissue making it even more difficult to lose weight. To prevent this from happening, trainers encourage women to find every opportunity to move about and exercise different parts of the body.

Upping the routine

Once your body is accustomed to a small amount of exercise, you have to increase your workload by adding resistance training. You can add free weights, bands, yoga, cycling, and Pilates to your routine to work out body muscles. Resistance training will actually tone your body muscles and help you lose fat and weight at the same time. Of course, you will have to join a gym and spend at least 30 minutes three times a week to get maximum benefits but you can start slow. As you progress, you can add cardiovascular routines and healthy eating which will burn off the fat and ensure full body fitness. 

A Word of Caution
You can do as much exercise as you want to ensure that you are fit and healthy. However, before you start, make sure you get a complete medical evaluation done to rule out underlying medical conditions.

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