Are you a woman in her forties that just feels that she can look and feel younger? Do you think that there something you can do to slow down the aging process but you just don’t know what?
We’d all like to be young forever, but unfortunately aging is an inevitable part of everyone’s life. As we get older we start to feel all the consequences that come along, like pains and aches all over, weakness and stiffness, wrinkles and white hairs and we just wish we could turn back time and go to our golden twenties.
What if I told you that you can age gracefully and reduce these unwanted side-effects to a bare minimum? Would you be interested? The trick is to stay active and exercise regularly. And If you’re worried about the type of exercise that would fit you and not aggravate your condition, here are the top 6 exercises for women over 40 that will make you look and feel younger.
6 Exercises for Women +40 to Stay Young
Lower body stretches
As we age, out glutes, hamstrings and hip flexors tend to get stiff so we need to stretch them to avoid their deterioration. These stretches will also help you strengthen your lower body.
Place a hip-high table in front of you and place your right foot on top of the table. Your left leg needs to stay straight. Start bending your right knee slowly and as you do it start leaning to the right, slowly, making sure you keep your back straight. Pause and stay in this position for about 10 seconds. Release, take a small break and repeat it with your other leg.
Another thing that happens to our body as we age is that our metabolism gets slower. If we want to keep burning fat as we used to do, we need to perform some resistance exercises. You could buy yourself a rowing machine, or you can get some resistance bands and try the following exercise.
Place the resistance band under the right foot and hold each of the ends with a corresponding hand. Bend your arms, move the hands to the shoulders and position your palms inwards. Your shoulders need to stay straight. Now return to the initial position, take a deep breath and perform 10 reps with each foot. In the end do the exercise with both feet at the same time.
I don’t think that we need to do much explaining about this exercise, we all know how to do it. It’s a great exercise for stronger cardiovascular system and heart and it helps you burn a lot of calories. Find the pace and rhythm that suit your needs and make sure you increase the duration as you progress.
Cardio is great for your stamina, strength and your health in general, but as we get older we can’t do the high intensity cardio we’re used to – it’s too tiring for us. But you can try low-impact cardio which is just as beneficial. It’s better for your heart, it reduces the risks but still have all the benefits of high intensity cardio. Try Zumba, elliptical trainings or aerobics.
Yoga is an excellent form of exercise, for older and younger people alike. It promotes relaxation and helps your brain feel younger and rested, in addition to making your body look younger. It also promotes positive thinking, reduces anxiety and stress and boost your overall mood. Yoga also keeps your muscles in shape and improves your balance and flexibility. You can practice yoga even in your sixties or seventies so why not start right now.
If you’re not one for exercise and you prefer doing things your own pace, I suggest you try walking. Daily walking can add years to your life and as little as 30 minutes per day can make you feel much younger. Walking contributes to DNA repair and prevent heart problems, meaning it improves your overall health. Plus, it can helps you shed a few pounds too, if that’s your goal.