For many ladies in their mid 30’s and beyond, maintaining a healthy physique doesn’t seem as easy as it was in our 20’s and that can be due to changes in our metabolism, hormones and hydration levels.
The good news is there are proven ways to slow down the ageing process, gain control of your body and be in even better shape than ever. The secret is resistance training and increased hydration.
1. Resistance training
Forget the misconception that resistance (or weight) training is going to make you bulky and masculine! It has the opposite effect, rather toning the body, giving it definition. Doing 3-5 resistance training sessions per week, streamlines your body shape, increases endorphins and improves how you feel about yourself.
Increase lean muscle which naturally speeds up your metabolism
Creates a firm and toned physique
Prevents osteoporosis by increasing bone density
Helps with perimenopause and menopause hormonal fluctuations
Makes the most noticeable change to your body shape in all the right places
2. Increased hydration
The other key to slow down ageing is hydration. Our bodies are roughly 55% water so while it is advised we drink around 2 litres of water a day, we also need to reduce habits that dehydrate the body like excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Tips to increase hydration:
Eat water dense foods like fruits and vegetables
Set a timer on your phone to drink a glass of water every hour
Reduce salty and sugary foods
Limit caffeinated beverages to two per day, and/or swap further drinks to herbal teas, sparkling water
If drinking alcohol, aim to limit to two days per week and alternate each drink with a water.
Start gradually when making changes to your routine to ensure they become more sustainable. If you’re not sure what resistance training to do, take a class at your local gym or boot camp, or get help from a qualified and experienced personal trainer who to guide you on personalised techniques and workouts.