Fitness Secrets for Women Over 40

Here is a list of BENEFITS that you’ll get from weight training:

  • You will burn more fat than by doing cardio alone
  • You will change the shape of your body
  • You will boost your metabolism by retaining or building more muscle
  • You will increase strength, becoming more functional
  • You will build strong bones and combat osteoporosis
  • You will improve joint stability and reduce the risk of injury


One of the most effective body weight exercises is the unsung push-up.push-ups

There is nothing new or glamorous about doing push-ups, but they work!  You will work many of the muscles of the upper body, specifically the chest, shoulders and triceps. Many women complain that the backs of their arms are too flabby.  Doing PUSH-UPS directly TARGETS those muscles. In addition, you will target the core muscles.

The key is to keep your back plank straight through out. If body weight is too much resistance when you first begin, there are a variety of ways to modify the resistance.  Anyone can do some sort of push up to increase upper body strength, add muscle and work the core all at once.


The mid section is always a trouble spot for women in their forties. There is no magic bullet for this area, but the PLANK is one of the most effective exercises that you can safely perform to tone the abdominals. It effectively targets the abdominal area, and is much safer and easier to learn to perform than crunches. Having a strong core will reduce back aches and improve posture as well.

You start by holding the position shown in the photo for as long as you can. If that is too difficult, start on your knees.  As you get stronger, hold that position for longer periods.  If you started on your knees, soon you will graduate to your toes.  Before you know it, you will be sporting a stronger, flatter tummy!

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