Most women begin to loose bone and muscle mass at around 40 years of age, particularly those who did not take any exercise. Their muscles will have deteriorated very quickly. Energy levels dropped and zest for life vanished. Compare this to what the latest research is in anti-ageing; those who weight train combined with aerobic activity showed increase in muscle tone, improved bone density and their mood levels dramatically improved with the increase of natural endorphins released by the brain.
The research noted that two weight training sessions a week were enough to bring about great change in muscle tone.
In muscles that are not used they simply deteriorate .
Also, the more lean muscle you have the more fat you burn off to sustain firmness. The better the muscle to fat ratio the lower risk of stroke and heart attacks.
Each year after menopause a woman looses 1pc of her bone mass compared to those who train, who gain 1pc, cutting the risk of fractures and brittle bone disease, which is a real problem as we get older.
As you exercise, the body reacts with more vigour, posture improves and you begin to stand upright and walk with more confidence.
As we get older gravity tries to pull us into the grave. Just watch how elderly people stoop forward, the spine and neck start coming forward. It's time to fight back, giving your body the strength to stand upright.
The muscles of the neck, back, hips and shoulders have to get stronger. The best way according to the research is proper weight training.
Pilates, Yoga etc help but it's not as effective as weight training. Remember age is no barrier. My friend Bill Cunningham has just won the natural Mr Olympia over 60's. He is 76. And his female training partner who also won is 68.
Women generally shy away from weight training, thinking it will cause injuries or they will develop big muscles.
The opposite happens, when muscles are toned you have quicker reactions and can with stand simple falls, as the muscles are toned and more responsive.
So never let age stop you from training.