As we age our bodies change. If you are a woman over 40 you are probably thinking to yourself "no kidding!". I hear you but there are things you can do to fight back against these changes. Over time, our metabolism changes, slowing down because we are losing muscle mass. We are also experiencing hormonal changes that can be challenging because they can lead to thyroid issues, excessive weight gain and fatigue. So as our bodies change, so does our approach to health and fitness. What worked in our 20s and 30s probably won't provide the same results as we enter our 40s and beyond.
But don't let this discourage you friend. It doesn't mean you should just give up and it definitely doesn't mean you have to work harder to achieve your goals. In fact, with the right exercises you can actually spend less time working out to achieve better results. So often I hear women over 40 say "I'm walking 45 minutes every day but just can't seem to lose the weight!". While walking is good for us and I don't want to discourage you from going on and enjoying long walks, but if you are trying to lose weight, walking is just not the right exercise to help you do that because your metabolism is different and therefore requires a different approach at this stage of your life.
Not only will the exercises I am going to show you in this quick video help you lose weight and look 10 pounds lighter, they will also decrease back pain and risk of osteoporosis but they will also improve overall how your body feels because these exercises focus on building strength. When we focus on tightening and toning our bodies, we actually burn more fat to build muscle. This is why walking and even running is less effective for weight loss as we age.
I not only show you the proper form for these exercises, I also explain why they made my top 5 list. I hope you will feel a new sense of empowerment and be encouraged that you can achieve your weight loss goals as a woman over 40 by changing the way you approach and tackle them!
So give these and other strength exercises a try and commit to strength training 3-4 times each week. Walking and cardio are great for cardiovascular health and I am not discouraging those types of exercises but I am confident you will start to see a difference in how your body looks and feels when you start adding exercises to build your muscles and improve your strength.