the ONE thing needed to change the shape of your body…
Is it nutrition? What you eat definitely makes a difference in your body fat %, as well as energy level, and you can lose weight just by cutting calories. But, no, food won’t change your body shape.
Cardio? Nope. Cardio is extremely important because your heart is a muscle that needs to be strengthened, especially as we age. Cardio also burns calories for weight loss and is very good for stress but it won’t re-shape your body.
Could it be surgery? Morbidly obese people may be good candidates for surgeries like gastric bypass and, of course, that would change your body but it’s expensive, recovery can be difficult, surgery usually leaves scars and it’s unnatural! Additionally, you still have to live a healthy lifestyle after surgery or you can undo everything that was changed.
SURPRISE…IT’S STRENGTH TRAINING!
- The average female is sedentary, meaning she sits a lot and only performs daily activities
- Only 12% of women weight train and only 15% perform cardio regularly
- Women between the ages of 35-55 typically gain 1-2.2 pounds per year and that is mostly FAT!
- Women 45-65 lose 5 pounds of muscle every decade and can lose 1/3 of muscle mass after age 60
- Loss of 1/2 lb of muscle means a weight gain of 3 lbs per year
- Strength loss can be 12-14% per decade after age 60
The good news is that you can do something about it, whether you want to prevent health issues or reverse them!
- You NEED muscle and lean muscle BURNS calories!
- 1 pound of muscle utilizes 35-50 calories while at rest
- Strength training can deter osteoporosis, which is more prevalent in women than in men http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/weight-training#1
- The CDC recommends strength training on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Get out of your chair and get moving!! Whether you are interested in personal training or group classes, don’t put it off any longer. It does take time to make changes so start now.