As you age, you may be seeking more and more fitness tips for women. If you happen to be in your upper 30’s to low 40’s, you have probably already realized that it gets a little more difficult to keep the weight off. Prior to my 40’s, I did not have to work at it so much. I exercised to stay fit, but not necessarily to keep weight off. Now that I am going into my late 40’s, I have to work a lot harder at keeping the weight off and staying fit. However, it is not impossible to stay fit as you get older. It just takes more work and dedication.
Fitness Tips for Women
Below are some fitness tips, that with some effort, should help you stay fit and keep the extra weight off as you get older.
Walking may not seem very exciting, but it is still one of the best ways to exercise. Walking is a weight-bearing exercise, so it is great to build bone density when you are nearing menopause or already there. Since I am already dealing with bone density issues, this is a great (and easy) way for me to build up my bones. There is also an aerobic component to walking, which helps you burn calories as well. One of the many great things with walking, is that it does not require any specialized equipment. Although I would recommend a decent pair of walking shoes. You should try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep
One thing I did not realize until quite recently is the your metabolism actually slows down when you do not get enough sleep. It makes complete sense when I think about it, but it was not something I would have considered on my own. Without enough rest, your body tends to slow down. When your body slows down, your metabolism also slows down. Also, when you are constantly feeling tired it is hard to get motivated to burn those calories. It is generally recommended that you get around seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
3. Seek Out Daily Exercises
When we are younger, we can burn calories without having to put any effort into it. At a younger age, you burn more calories even when just sitting around than you do when you are older doing the same thing. For this reason, it is important that you go out of your want to squeeze a little more exercise in when you can. Here are some ways you can do that:
* If you spend a lot of time on the computer, try using an exercise ball to sit on instead of a traditional chair. You can also try putting your computer up a little higher so you can stand for a while though out the day while working. During your standing time, walk in place, stand on your tippy toes, bend at the knees, or even do stair-like steps.
* When going to the grocery store, mall, or any where that requires you to park – do not look for the parking spot by the entrance. Parking further away will require you to walk a bit more, helping you get to those 10,000 steps.
* While cooking meals, try holding on to the countertop and doing squats, or do lunges when making your way from the stove to the refrigerator back to the countertop.
The whole goal is to try incorporating some form of exercise into your normal daily routines. Every little bit helps!
4. Don’t Limit Yourself to Machines
If you prefer working out the gym, make sure you mix up your routine. Do not only focus on weight lifting using free weights or machines. With being over 35, you are more susceptible to joint wear and stress. Taking classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Spinning, and Zumba are a great forms of exercise that allows you some variety and still helps to build bone density and burn calories.
Fitness definitely takes more effort and discipline as you get older. But making the conscious decision to make it part of your daily life will help you remain physically fit into any age.
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