I have always lead an active outdoor lifestyle most of my life. As a teenager I loved horse riding and cross country running. In my twenties through to my forties I enjoyed a variety of aerobic classes, running, weight training and this enabled me to stay slim and toned. I wasn’t born with those gifted genes that enable you to eat anything, workout a little, and have a great shaped body. No way! My body type stores fat in my thigh area, and in order to prevent having bulky ‘thunder thighs’ I have always eaten healthy food, and changed my workouts to suite my body type and age. Today, as a 52 year old woman I keep my body fit, firm and toned by using these exercises:
Regular weight training is the key to life time body tone.
The more muscle mass that your body has the toner your body will stay as it ages. It definitely keeps those horrible wiggly, jiggly bits from taking over your body, especially around the arms and butt areas. Having extra muscle mass will also help to keep your metabolism fired up so it burns calories, and doesn’t put on unwanted fat. Weight lifting also improves muscle strength and your bone density’s health.
Walk away your worries and calories.
I enjoy regular walking at a moderate pace. Walking keeps me fit, it is an effective fat burner, and it isn’t hard on my body’s joints. Waking is also great for my mood and keeps me calm, as endorphin’s are released after 30-60 minutes. Endorphins, are the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals; when they are released through exercise, your mood is boosted, naturally. As well endorphins, also release’s adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine, these chemicals work together to make you feel good and leave you with a smile on your face after your workout.
Yoga and Meditation.
Regular Yoga practice helps you achieve positive results within your entire body externally, internally, and mentally. Practicing yoga has also been great for keeping my body light and flexible, not heavy and bulky. I can touch my toes seated or standing, can you?
I also recommend Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga meditation as a way of experiencing peace of mind and learning how to have a positive approach to life, so that you age with a healthy mind and also a healthy body, which I call optimal quality of life.
My weekly exercise routine:
I exercise a minimal of three days a week for 40-60 minutes. I encourage you to try what I do, which is a mixture of three exercises a week. In fact, I believe that a combination of weight training, yoga and walking is the ultimate workout for the mature aged woman. Remember that ‘variety is the spice of life’, your body responds well when given different exercise combinations on a regular basis, so change your workout every few weeks!
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