You are made to move. Even if you're stuck inside from bad weather or work obligations, you need to move. You know this. So today I’m going to ease up on the whys and jump in with the hows. This way you'll have even more time to implement these moves.
Many women opt for exercise in an attempt to burn off body fat. But chronic cardio, especially as you age, could have the opposite effect.
You’re dealing with a different body. Let’s call it more subtle. Pounding away at cardio or overdoing any exercise can end up preventing you from burning fat—and it may even make you store more. By stressing your body like that, you’re releasing cortisol into your system. Since your life is probably more stressful now than it used to be, adding more cortisol causes your body to hold onto fat, especially around your middle. Not only is that a potentially unhealthy place to carry weight, it doesn’t help you fit into your wardrobe, either.
Movement is vitally important for your body and mind
If you want to change your body composition (the percentages of bone, muscle, fat, and water that make up you), what you eat will have the biggest impact. You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.
Yet know this: You are made to move. Regular movement keeps your muscles, bones, joints, and cardiovascular system strong and resilient. It also energizes your body and your mind, making it one of the best mood elevators available.