Last updated on Mar 1st, 2020 at 02:52 pm

“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

So you’re older – Now what?

Exercise is obviously easier to get in to if you start when you’re in high school, and keep it going for the rest of your life. But that’s not the experience most of us have. Even if we started young, life gets busy, we get carried away with other things, and suddenly we’re looking down the barrel of the ‘ageing gun’.

So what do you do if you’re almost fifty and you need to exercise?

Does it change at all?

Well, yes and no. The best exercise for ‘older’ women is STILL strength training –  even more so because your body is beginning to lose muscle mass, so you need to try to maintain it. Being weak and old is miserable. So you want to start lifting weight ASAP.

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The exercises stay the same. Full body movements like squats, presses, bench presses and deadlifts are the key. The goal stays the same, too. You want to get stronger, which means lifting heavier and heavier.

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Changes?

The thing that changes is how quickly you can recover from a workout, so that you can train again. In your younger years, doing three workouts per week was fine. But now, you need to scale it back to two, with a few long walks in between. You also need to eat even more protein, because your digestive system won’t be processing food and absorbing nutrients as well as it used to.

There’s no excuse for not staying strong and healthy even into your old age.

Go do it NOW!

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