New research has found that women gain fat and lose muscle as they get older. Between the ages of 35 and 60 a women can put on 12 kilograms. The solution, specific exercise for each age group and feel good physio Anna-Louise Bouvier joined TODAY
with some tips.
Exercising for your age group
This is a super busy time for many people as they are often working hard, as well as running around with children and often have no time for formal exercise. Because you still have good muscle mass at this time, just try and keep as busy and active as you can and integrate your exercise into your life. Here are some ideas:
Push prams uphills
Walk as much as you can
Take two stairs at a time pushing through your bottom as you lift up
Join a gym with a creche and try and get a class in a week
While playing with children on the floor try and slip in a few push ups
This is the VITAL time to stop muscle wasting. You need to build lean muscle with specific strength training. Go to your local gym and organise a trainer to take you through a simple routine of squats and lunges and some upper body work. It won't feel that great but your body won't change and build muscle unless you CHALLENGE it.
Book an individual session with a trainer
If you are having specific problems go to your local physiotherapist and get some advice on the best strength exercises you can do without injuring yourself.
You need to be very careful if you are starting any strength program for the first time especially if you have never really exercised.
There are lots of simple alternatives and modifications you can make so you can still stay strong. One of your main focuses needs to be on balance training.
Whenever you boil the kettle practice staining on one leg (you can hold onto the bench) and work on staying there which is this is terrific balance training.
Practice walking on slightly uneven ground which helps challenge your balance systems
There are many seniors exercise classes which you can attend, ask your local counsel
Tai Chi is terrific for balance and strength www.taichiaustralia.com.au
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