I would like to welcome and introduce you to a new addition to Fab Over Forty, D’Ann will be our fitness contributor! I’ve been wanting to expand Fab Over Forty to include articles that are all-encompassing for women over 40 and not just focus on beauty; D’Ann feels like a perfect fit for Fab Over Forty! I’m sure you all will be as thrilled as I am and stay tuned for more exciting changes at Fab Over Forty coming soon! Learn more about D’Ann by reading the “About” page.
One of the best things you can do for your health is to start a fitness program. Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, relieve stress, improve coordination and balance, help lose weight and possibly offer a little fabulous self-esteem boost.
New habits take time, so a positive, forgiving attitude is essential. Remember, it won’t happen overnight, but making the personal decision is the first step, and then making it a priority will be the next.
A few fabulous fit tips to consider:
Proceed with Caution. Beginners start and progress slowly. With any injury or medical condition, you should consult your doctor or a physical therapist for help designing a fitness program that will gradually improve your range of motion, strength and endurance. The American Council on Exercise suggests that anyone with major health risks, males aged 45 and older and women aged 55 and older should get medical clearance.
Start Slow & Gradual. Give plenty of time to warm up and cool down with easy walking or gentle stretching. Then speed up to a pace you can continue for five to 10 minutes without getting overly tired. As your endurance improves, gradually increase the amount of time you exercise, working up to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
Schedule Your Appointment. Finding time to exercise can be a challenge. Schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment. Schedule 30 minutes during your favorite television show while walking on the treadmill, or read while riding a stationary bike.
Mini Workouts. You don’t have to do all of your exercise at one time. Shorter but more-frequent sessions have aerobic benefits, too. Ten or 15 minutes of exercise a couple of times a day may fit into your schedule better than a single 30-minute session.
Incorporate Family. On top of your already scheduled workout, spend some time outdoors with your family, like a weekend hike, or spend an evening playing Dance Dance Revolution (fun and fit worthy).
Listen to your body. If you feel pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or nausea, take a break. You may be pushing yourself too hard.
Mind Body & Spirit
“Know that personal uniqueness is what makes each one of us fabulous in our own individual way. Take notice of all the extraordinary people that cross your path today and you will witness that no two bodies are created equal, but each one is gloriously designed to inspire, enrich and care for another.” ~D’Ann