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.