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  • Carol Michaels

Getting Results From Your Exercise Routine

People over 50 may lose weight slowly due to slower metabolisms, hormonal changes, decreased muscle mass, or genetics. Medical conditions can cause your weight loss to be slow and those on anti-depressants, hormonal therapy, and corticosteroids may have an additional challenge.

If you want to take off weight, you have to start changing your exercise routine. Examples: add an incline when using the treadmill, vary walking or running speeds, or when strength training, increase the amount of weight being used and learn new exercises. In addition, you might not be exercising as much or as intensely as you need to for weight loss.

Cardio is important for calorie burning, but you need more than just cardio workouts. An effective exercise plan includes cardio, strength training, balance, posture, flexibility and relaxation exercises. Strength training will increase muscle mass, bone density and decrease body fat.

Sleep issues are also common during middle age. Lack of sleep triggers a number of hormones that influence cravings and a tendency for weight gain. In addition, insufficient sleep will leave you tired and unfocused for your workouts. Sleep hygiene is an important part of a fitness plan since recovery and repair happens while you rest each night.

A sedentary lifestyle at this age can lead to weight gain. There are studies that say too much sitting can be bad for our health and our waistlines—even if you exercise during the day. For more tips on how to get the most out of your exercise routine check out our blog at

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