Exercise and Weight Loss After Turning 40

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Over 40 Weight Gain

Weight gain after turning 40 is very common. If you’re experiencing this unfortunate phenomenon, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not inevitable. Weight gain at this age is caused by several factors. Metabolism slows down the closer women get to menopause due to hormonal changes that slow thyroid production. Since thyroid hormones influence your metabolism, this can mean problems in maintaining our weight. This is compounded by a loss of muscle tissue that begins to occur at the same time. Less muscle also means a slower metabolism, so weight gain can become even more of a problem. Other factors, such as unhealthy diets and inactivity, as well as stress can spin us into a weight gaining whirlwind.

How to Overcome Over 40 Weight Gain

Exercise and weight loss go hand in hand, especially if you’re over 40. After you get over the shock of the changes in your body, you’ll need to realize that you can no longer put your body through the unhealthy practices that you did at a younger age. You’ll need to make some healthy changes in your lifestyle in order to manage your weight at this age. The good news is that it can be done, and exercise is the answer. Even if you’ve never committed to an exercise program before, it’s never too late to start. If you want to maintain a healthy weight over 40, exercise is imperative.

The great thing is that while exercise is necessary, you can see great results with moderate exercise. You don’t need to run weekly marathons to lose weight. A daily 3-4 mile walk at a reasonably fast pace along with some form of strength training routine 2-3 times a week is all you need to see great results. If you’d rather not lift weights, try power yoga for strength training. Not only will you build muscle, you’ll also greatly increase your flexibility and reap the stress reducing rewards that are important to weight loss. Since high stress levels can increase cortisol levels that lead to an increase in belly fat, stress reduction through exercise can be priceless in keeping that slim figure for years to come.

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