I wasn’t born with those gifted genes that enable you to eat anything, workout a little, and have a great shaped body. I put on weight in my thigh area; the blame goes to my Eastern bock genes. Luckily 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. Today in my fifties, this is what I recommend for any mature age woman to regularly practice, that’s if they want to have a fit, toned body and healthy mind for life.
Regular weight training is the key to life time body tone.
The more muscle mass that your body has the toner it will stay as it ages. It definitely keeps those horrible wiggly, jiggly bits from taking over your body, especially around the arms and butt area. You will never regret working out with weights. Your beautiful arms, rounded butt and shapely legs will thank you with tone at any age. Having extra muscle mass will also help to keep your metabolism fired up so it burns calories, and doesn’t put on unwanted fat. Regualr weight lifting workouts also improve 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, your body 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.
HIIT Your Fat Away
HIIT involves repeated bursts of high intensity exercise interspersed with low intensity recovery periods. This enables you to achieve results in improved muscle tone, fat burning, strength building, endurance and cardio fitness all in less time than by other methods. If you’re on a weight loss mission, I recommend you try 20 minutes. 1 min fast then 1 min slow for 6 weeks.
During the winter months, I suggest you do HIIT workouts every two weeks, just to keep your metabolism fired up, so you don’t gain too much weight from those naughty winter snacks. So yes, you can “have your cake and eat it,” you just have to work it off with regular HIIT Training sessions.
Yoga and Meditation ‘Om Shanti’
Regular Yoga practice helps you achieve positive results within your entire body externally, internally, and mentally. You will definitely improve your flexibility, strength, and posture. Daily yoga practice can also help stretch and tone your body muscles. Practicing yoga is also recommended for keeping your body shape light and flexible, not heavy and bulky.
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. I believe having an “optimal quality of life” is when you not only keep a healthy fit body, but also when you have a calm mind. Om Shanti
My recommended weekly exercise routine:
“At my age not exercising is a set up for poor health and a flabby sagging body.”
I exercise “consistently” (consistency is the key) 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 ,walking or hiit 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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