From increased bone density to better muscle mass and heart health, there is no doubt that exercise is an important part of staying healthy for women who are 40 and beyond. Cath Julius, Clinical Director at Freedom Health Physio and Pilates, gives a few simple tips for making exercise work for you.
- Acknowledge where you are
For many women, the 40s marks a transition from the primary caregiver to re-prioritising yourself. But if you have been less active during the last 5 to 15 years, it is important to acknowledge that your body needs time to recondition and strengthen. Expecting to jump straight back into your old routine from 10 years ago is setting yourself up for frustration and possible injury.
- Find movement you love
The number one key to integrating exercise into your life is to find activities that you enjoy doing. Don’t be fooled into claims like ‘the best exercise for women over 40’. The only movement that works in the long term is the one that you enjoy. Take time and explore different options. What you loved when you were 20 is often different to the movement your body enjoys at 40.
- Accept hormonal changes and work with professionals who understand
From the age of 40, the female body experiences a number of hormonal changes and the effect of these hormonal changes goes well beyond hot flushes. Many women are unaware that hormones also have an impact on soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments and even your pelvic floor. This means that some women start to experience new symptoms they have not felt before, ranging from hip pain to leakage. But just because it’s hormonal, doesn’t mean you have to surrender and accept these symptoms. Find a health professional who understands Women’s Health and Exercise and let them guide you back to a movement routine that works for you.
At Freedom Health, there’s a team of experts at exercise and women’s health. No matter what your concern, they understand and they can help you to keep doing the things you love – for life. Contact them today on 03 355 6699 to learn more.