3 major keys to exercise for women over 40

After age 35 your body faces some hormonal changes that will force you yourself to make lifestyle and fitness changes. To say it candidly, you begin to gain weight easier. The way you eat isn’t always the issue when it comes to age-related weight gain. At times the problem is that your body is no longer activated with your performances or your body is now reacting differently. This is commonly known as the “middle-age spread” and it’s that decline in metabolism that takes place around middle-age. The symptoms: loss of muscle tone, increase belly fat.

You can’t stop the aging process, but you can be preventative. Begin with these 3 keys to apply to your workout regimens.

Cut the cardio

Cardio is a favorite for almost everyone, but after a certain age it does more harm than good to the body increasing the production of stress hormone, cortisol.Cortisol is only good for depositing and storing fat in the body. Studies also have found that cardio workouts produce free radicals while breaking down your lean muscles. Free radicals are molecules that are damaging to the body and could possibly cause diseases (Eur J Appl Physiol. 2003 Jan; 88(4-5):480-4.).

Catch more Z’s 

You’ve noticed by now that the older we get the more sleep we need. Guess what. That sleep is also a form of exercise for our body. Lack of sleep overwhelms your body with cortisol.  All the exercise in the world won’t make up for a lack of rest.

Evolve your ab exercises

When you’re talking about age-related weight gain, the exercise conversation rarely changes. But our bodies change over time and sometimes those lagging hormones need to be reactivated to burn off that fat that just won’t seem to go away. Working out the abs excessively can cause injury to the lower back. The muscles in your mid-area supposed to protect your body from bending and twisting too much. The key is to stress those muscles at high intensity for a short amount of time.

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