It is already known that for weight loss, the amount of calories burned needs to exceed the amount of calories consumed. The best way to burn calories is through exercise. This website gives some exercise suggestions. However, this segment takes a deeper, more specific dive into exercises for women over 50 along with some other helpful information.
Before digging into exercises, let’s discuss calories and how they play a role in weight loss. A calorie is a unit of heat energy. The body actually gets its fuel from this heat energy and calories provided to our bodies comes from fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
Understanding the amount of calories consumed verses the calories burned, can help with achieving your weight loss goals. Therefore, reading ingredient labels is very important to understand what is being consumed.
When looking at exercise levels and the amount of calories being burned, it depends on the types of activities being performed. Different activities expend different amounts of calories. Let’s use walking as an example. Below is a table that explains the amount of calories burned:
As you can see, the faster you walk, the more calories that are burned. This is just one activity example. For a full list of additional exercises and activities, click on the link below.
When it comes to calculating how many daily calories you should consume, there are many kinds of apps available for your phone. Using technology is a convenient way to track calories and even foods as you are grocery shopping.
As we know, being active is very important for weight loss, especially when it is incorporated with watching our calories. Not only will exercise help with weight loss, it may help ease some of the symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, joint pain and sleep problems. Experts say exercise also lowers your risk for illnesses such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
As we exercise, it is a good idea to incorporate various types. If you are trying to lose weight and continue to do the same exercises repeatedly, your body will become used to them and your weight may plateau.
When building an exercise plan, consider incorporating these:
– Core Exercises: Having a strong core is very important. Why? Because this group of muscles acts as the center of your body and helps utilize every other part of the body. You use your core in many everyday activities. If you don’t work on strengthening it, that could have adverse affects later on. Having a strong core can affect activities such as lifting, running, walking, sex and posture. Yoga is a good way to increase core strength.
– Strength Training: This is extremely important as we age to combat declines in muscle mass, metabolism and bone density. In addition to that, it can also help to decrease back pain and discomfort of arthritis.
– Stretching: This type of exercising is good with helping to maintain flexibility and having a range of motion in joints. Stretching reduces the risk of injury. Y
Watch the video below for some great exercises:
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know while your chronological age may be 55, your biological can be 35? That’s right! You can feel much younger by following a consistent exercise program.
Before starting an exercise plan, consult with your doctor.
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What are some of your favorite exercises you do?
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