Aging gracefully in your 40s can be a struggle for many. We tend to focus on our saggy skin, facial wrinkles, graying hair and our overall changes. But the one thing that many women do not focus on is the amount of strength we still have left in us. I have been asked many times how someone can retain muscle and elasticity to their skin, and it all comes down to the simple fact that you are never too old to lift weights.
Many women believe that if they touch weights, it will bulk them up. It is actually quite the opposite. Unless you have high levels of testosterone, women rarely book up from weight training or resistance training. It is extremely important for women in their 40s to maintain muscle mass and protect their bones. Cosmetically, it will also give our skin some tightness and our body some definition and shape.
With that being said there many exercises anyone can do, in any place with very minimal equipment. Below I will list exercises that target many muscle groups as well as exercise and condition your cardiovascular health.
Push-ups; works the arms, shoulders and chest
Tricep Dips are a great exercise, is performed properly this exercise also engages your chest.
The stability ball allows you allows your triceps and chest to move through broader range.
Planks; this is an excellent exercise to work on your core, improving your balance and your upper body
Author: Jennifer Colon
Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!