It’s no secret that as we get older, things begin to change. We also have to approach the way we exercise a little differently. Rather than hammering our body with lots of repetitive exercise, we need to work smarter and more efficiently.
There are several elements to consider when putting together a well structured fitness program for us ‘more mature’ ladies. These go a lot deeper than just ‘getting fitter’, ‘toning up’ and ‘burning calories’.
Badly planned and ineffective exercise regimes are counterproductive and can often do more harm than good. They lead to injury, boredom, loss of motivation and can actually encourage your body to store weight rather than lose it.
Just think of the miserable looking people you see sweating it out in the gym, or pounding the pavements doing the same thing over and over again for weeks, months of sometimes years on end!
Getting your exercise prescription right though, will transform your fitness and wellbeing. It will also drastically improve your physical and mental health and in turn quality of life!
So what do we need to do?
As well as including all the right elements, you have to have the right amount of frequency, rest and recovery. You also need to find a way to fit it all in to your busy lifestyle.
So here, in my opinion are the three crucial elements to a good well rounded fitness program that will drastically improve your physical as well as mental wellbeing….
1. High impact, muscle maintaining, metabolic training – minimum 3 x a week for AT LEAST 30 minutes. This will promote fat loss, muscle tone and retention, bone density (which drastically reduces as we get older leading to degenerative diseases like osteoporosis), and will keep your metabolism fired up… This could be Weight Training, HIIT, Boxing, Kettlebells or Combat. As long as it reaches the right intensity and encourages your body to move functionally, the benefits are immense.
2. Some kind of walking or movement each day … Outdoors and in nature if possible… We are genetically programmed to move around frequently outdoors. This will not only help improve and maintain fitness but studies also show that it also improves our overall mood and can help combat mild to moderate depression.
3. Restorative activity such as deep stretching… This helps promote mobility, improve balance and flexibility. These are all things that can drastically reduces as we get older and have a massive impact on quality of life. It also aids recovery and reduces stress, which we all know produces that naughty hormone cortisol which can make us fat among many other things… Some good examples of these are Pilates, Yoga or deep stretching.
These are ALL covered in our fabulous range of classes AND for the next two weeks, we are offering a free 7 day class pass. This will enable you to try any of our classes with no obligation and get a real feel for what we do. This is a limited time offer so please let us know ASAP if this is something you would like to take advantage of….
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And if you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to let me know.
With best wishes
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