To be well rounded and achieve optimum physical health, you should focus on these three areas: cardiovascular exercise, flexibility and strength training.
As you build a "routine" be sure to include physical activities that enhance your flexibility. Activities like stretching, yoga and pilates help prevent injuries, increase your range of motion in joints and muscles and improve your balance.
The third component of any physical activity is strength training.
There are many benefits to strength training.
Beginning in the mid-thirties, the average woman loses 1/3 pound of muscle every year, and gains one pound of body fat. By the age of 50, the average woman has lost 3-5 pounds of valuable, fat-burning muscle and has gained 10-15 pounds of fat.
The solution: Work with weights 3 times per week, 20 - 30 minutes per session. The results will be: overall strength for everyday life activities, stronger bones, a more toned and defined appearance, less fat (cellulite), more self-esteem!
Many women are intimidated by the thought of beginning a strength-training program. Part of this is because men have traditionally dominated the weight room. For more information on how to make weights work for you or the woman in your life, check our downloadable workout charts and exercise instructions on the Workouts on the Web page.