One of the big reasons why ladies start to gain weight in their forties is due to the fact that their body starts to lose muscle mass and they become more inactive.
Maintaining a healthy body weight and fitness level can be a challenge at any age. So where does that leave us post 40? What can we do to keep fit and strong in our forties and beyond?
Unfortunately, there are no quick fix solutions for any of us. But the good news is you are never too old to make a difference.
Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy.
As we age its imperative that we spend time warming up the body prior to exercise. It helps to lubricate the joints and prepare the muscles for work. It also helps to prevent injuries.
Yes, I know it sounds obvious but you would be surprised how many of us skip this essential part of a workout. This is a big No No as we age.
Vary Your Training
This is a biggie and can make the difference between a stale unmotivated workout and an inspired effective workout. Keep in mind that the body gets used to repetitive exercises very quickly, and they start to lose their effectiveness, so make sure you vary the exercises that you do.
Add some Yoga flows into your toning sessions. Incorporate some power walks into your swims. Combine some strength work into your runs.
Just because you are over 40 it doesn’t mean that you cant challenge yourself. Sign up for a new class, try out a new workout, enlist the services of a PT. Just make sure the challenges are right for your level and ability.
Over time the body, particularly post 40, can become less mobile, less flexible. It’s important therefore to incorporate some stretches, or Yoga poses into your workouts to make sure that the muscles you are using stay flexible and strong.
I talk a lot about the virtues of compound training through my 404040 Plan – Compound exercises work multiple muscle groups at the same time. These type of exercises will help you to gain strength and they can also burn the most calories per session. These may include Curtsey Squats, Planks with knee crunches and Spiderman walks.
These tips have helped me become fit and strong in my fifties and I hope they help you too. If you are looking for some great FREE information sign up to my 10 Daily FREE tips HERE Or come and join my engaging Health And Fitness PlanHealth And Fitness Plan specifically designed for ladies over 40