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Exercising can be a challenge but it has to be done.
After 40 the metabolism does slow down a bit. Exercise and eating right can speed it up a bit.
I exercise 5 days per week 2-3 hours a day and I practice martial arts 3x a week. I do 1 hour of cardio work then the other two hours are for weight-lifting. The reason is I know my body is resistant to losing weight. Of course I have had my check-up to make sure everything was in order but the fact is I do have to work this body, very hard. This works for me. During the last 2 years I have lost 100lbs and 5 dress sizes. This inspired me to train as a personal trainer.
A lot of women say they are tired, busy, or just do not know what to do regarding working out. When it comes to working out you have to do what works for you. What Demi Moore does may not be right for the average woman. Reading, talking to a personal trainer, or even getting a buddy can help you regarding your goals.
Walking is very good for your cardiovascular health but you will need to work a little harder for those stubborn areas. Also light aerobics that does not put pressure on your knees can be fun as well as good for the heart.
Most people neglect their cardiovascular health because they get winded. It is ok to be a little winded during these exercises. If you do not try to finish the exercise it can be a problem when you try to do your muscle maintenance exercise.
Now forget what you heard about bulking up or looking like a female bodybuilder. As women we have very, very, very, little testorone in our bodies. So little it can fit on the tip of your little finger.
As we get older we lose muscle tone. Yes, the flabby arms, sagging body. Now, weightlifting is not going to make you look 16 but it will help to maintain your muscle mass.
Using smaller weights is better for those who have not included a weight training activity. 3-5lb weight to start will get you going. After 1 month try to use 10lb weights. Do not rush it. There are many activities and weight related exercises you can do. Try to read on the internet or ask someone at a gym. You do not have to pay thousands of dollars to a personal trainer but it may help to have one for at least 10-15 sessions to get you started.
This is very important. You need to make sure your body has some sort of flexibility. Stretching at least 20 minutes per day either before work or before bed can help regarding your training. Always stretch after your workout also. You will need to cool down with small stretches.
Yoga is a good exercise for those for health reasons cannot do other types of activity.