Monday, June 12, 2017

Top 10 Health and Fitness Tips For Women Over 50

As the years pass by, many women find that the lifestyle that worked in their 20s and 30s fails to achieve the same results in their 40s and 50s. As women reach their 50s (the average age of onset for menopause), they’ll have to compensate for hormonal, cardiovascular and muscle changes.


Weight gain in aging women is common because of decreases in muscle mass, the accumulation of excess fat and a lower resting metabolic rate. Hormonal shifts can cause a range of symptoms and increase overall risk for heart disease and stroke. And absorption of certain nutrients may decrease because of a loss of stomach acid. Clearly, your diet at 50 should look a bit different from your earlier diet.

1. One of the most efficient ways to burn fat or keep weight off is to carry out 'fasted cardio.' This practice involves cardio of any sort, at any speed whatever your level; first thing in the morning before you have eaten. It requires the body to provide all the energy supply as no food is available at all!

2. Weight training is critical to strengthening bones and is proven to stave off and even cure osteoporosis problems that arise as we get older. Don't be afraid to hit those weights even if you start slow and light its progress!

3. Ladies tend to be worried about approaching weight training. They imagine rooms of pumped up sweaty men grunting, and of course, sadly this is sometimes true! (Or not sadly dependent on preference) However the old rhetoric we had drummed into us that weights make you bulky is a pure myth... women simply do not have the testosterone in their system to create large muscles, even if they did it would require hefty repetitive poundages, and vast quantities of bodybuilding dose protein ingestion as well!

Think simply that when a car has four people inside it will use more fuel than if it had one. Lifting heavier weight burns more calories than light weight. So it usually actually makes you smaller.

4. The old way of thinking that we cannot eat after 8 pm or don't have carbohydrates after 4 pm has been proven incorrect in recent times. We know now that actually, we are very sensitive to carbohydrates in the morning that is to say they have a higher propensity to be stored as fat then as opposed to the evening.

For example instead one may choose to have a protein and fats breakfast and enjoy carbohydrates with dinner. Carbohydrates at dinner also encourage serotonin production in the brain and help a better night’s sleep. They also keep us more satisfied during the evening period where many of us dangerously begin looking in cupboards!

5. Fat does not make you fat! Instead, we need to be far more concerned with sugar. Sugar causes an insulin spike, and this immediately promotes fat storage. Check the back of what you are eating and remember 5g of sugar is a teaspoon. If you are eating a salad with 15g of sugar in it, something is going wrong!

6. Make ALL your meals protein based. It is tough to put on weight if this is the crux of your plan. Don't fret about which source you use too much; if you love lamb have it if you prefer chicken that's fine... scrambled eggs no problem.

7. Overall weight the scales should not be your ultimate arbiter. Sure you can keep an eye on things, but what if you put on 2kg of muscle and lose 2kg of fat? Scales show no difference, but your changes have been fantastic. Remember 2kg of muscle over the whole body is hardly anything; however, that muscle requires calories to exist even when you are doing nothing. You are on your way to changing your metabolism and becoming a fat burning furnace! 
Forget the scales and use your clothes as your guide. Those favorite jeans do not lie!

8. Just a few tweaks to your exercise choices can make all the difference. Exercises that utilize more muscles burn more calories, and tend to also hit the larger muscles like legs and back. Hiring a trainer to run you through these more complex choices for just a couple of sessions can put you on the road to much greater progress and be worth the money in the long run.... (maybe have one less bottle of wine a week to make up for it!!)

9. Try to rope a friend into going with you; often you can both get bitten by the bug and motivate each other when you see results. You will both have good days and bad days but you are more likely to be consistent, and have fun with a friend there. Look at class timetables and mix in some free classes with your weights for variety like spinning, boxing, Zumba anything you like; just do it!

10. My last tip is to try to enjoy it! If you do not feel like going one night, then don't! If you are unwell, don't go! Don't listen if people say you have to go in the morning or evening is best... Go whenever suits you, and the gym should fit into your life, not the other way around. Nothing worth doing is easy but consistency breeds results, and you will be amazed how great you feel after a month, and the compliments on your figure never hurt either!

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