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Exercise and women over 40

Weight training is an important part of any exercise program. However, for women over the age of 40 in particular, it can really boost your metabolism and help you get the body you are looking for.

Many of the common issues women over the age of 40 face can be addressed thought lifting weights - Body fat, stress, weakness, insomnia, osteoporosis, poor balance, etc.

Many women older than 40 will gradually lose healthy muscle mass and bone density. Strength training for these women actually helps rebuild muscle tissue and increases bone density. Reports also indicate a moderate strength training program can also combat the effects of diabetes, arthritis, and depression. Your body will be stronger and leaner. You will naturally have more energy and a more positive, confident outlook. Everyday tasks such as carrying groceries, holding children, and climbing stairs all become easier. Strength training also promotes healthy tendons, ligaments, and joint function.

There seems to be a common misconception amongst women lifting weights or strength training will cause them to build bulky muscle and lose their feminine look. Developing bulky muscles requires high levels of testosterone, which women lack. The more natural response is for a woman's body is to become more lean and toned. Your arms and legs will take on an attractive shape and curve.

The Women On Weights program I've developed addresses the many issues women over the age of 40 face. I've recently revamped my program to include more interesting and fun exercises that can be done anywhere. At home, in my studio, outside, whatever your needs are, I can design the right program for you. There are many options with my new "Women On Weights" program including the ability to e-mail or print out your program for home use.

Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She can be reached at corinna@adkbikeranch.com or 605-3549. The information contained within Health Matters is not a substitute for professional medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program or beginning any nutritional regimen.

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