A Midlife Change for the Better: Strong is the New Skinny!
I have to admit it, I was hooked on skinny jeans as a motivator for losing weight until…
I realized that I was no longer “that girl” but dealing with “the change”. The change results from a wildly fluctuating estrogen levels around peri-menopause that, eventually, comes with a shift in body fat to the waist area after menopause. It challenges the skinny jean look for sure… but more than that, the post-menopause change in and of itself can be a a risk for heart disease. But, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!
Research from the North American Menopause Society says that the best way to address these symptoms of estrogen loss that leads to weight gain, is to find an exercise regimen you can enjoy and particpate in consistently. The health goal? A faster metabolism, reduced menopausal symptoms including weight gain around your abdomen. The wellbeing goal? A more satisfying perspective on exercise and life in general.
However, there’s more reason to exercise and reevaluate your diet, especially in midlife.
“If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose as you age, you’ll naturally increase the percentage of fat in your body,” says Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. “But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age.”
The goal of strength training is to not only rev up your metabolism to lose weight, but, more importantly, to increase muscle mass that keeps your bones supported, reducing your risk of osteoporosis. A stronger body also ages better because you can do the activities you really love without worrying about falling or injuring yourself. And, in the process of getting stronger, you will be reducing your risk of heart disease by reducing the amount of fat around your waist, or worse, around your heart area.
To find out more about why Strong is the New Skinny is important for midlife women, listen in live to our Real Women on Health! on-line radio shows starting on Wednesday, June 12th at 12:30 pm EST. We will have great conversations with three fantastic health and wellness enthusiasts Dr. Pamela Peeke, Kara Thom, and Marni Sumbal…our shows are sponsored by Iron Girl!
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