Today’s Fashion Flash is hosted by nationally recognized author Barbara Hannah Grufferman. Her website and book The Best of Everything After 50 is filled with fabulous resources to help women make informed choices so we can continue to live a healthy and vital life.
This week’s Fashion Flash will give you the latest in beauty, fashion, well-being and fitness for women over 40. Let us know what you think!
Flab is one of those things we all really hate. What’s worse than wearing something that will reveal that little wiggle?
Studies show that if we do nothing we will steadily increase body fat as we get older.
So an inactive 25 year old woman may be at 23% (normal range of %body fat) but if she stays inactive by the time she is in her 60’s she can be as high as 43%.
The good news is this is completely reversible by adding some strength training exercises. And it doesn’t take much: just twice a week for 30 minutes or so.
Make sure you leave 24-48 hours in between for muscles to recover and grow.
Use your own body weight with push-ups (beginners can do them against a wall and modified squats or lunges. Start with a few and build up to 15 reps.
Or use resistance bands or hand and ankle weights. For this, you may need some professional help like purchasing an exercise video by a certified instructor, joining a gym or working with a certified personal trainer. Once you learn a simple routine, you can slowly increase the weight as you get stronger. Start with 8 reps for each exercise. If you can’t finish the set the weight is too heavy. And if you can do a few more, you need more resistance. The key is
to listen to your body!
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