For ladies over 40 out there, did you know that from the age of 40 you will start to lose muscle, in fact over 10 years you will lose about 2.25kg, that's 225g a year!
So what's the problem with that? Well, when muscle decreases it slows down your metabolism which means that weight is gained more easily, particularly around the abdominal area, the more sedentary you are the worse it is. Gathering fat around the middle can be extremely detrimental to your overall health and can increase your risk of developing heart disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that if you keep yourself active and exercise regularly you can keep your muscle from deteriorating and fat levels down, thereby increasing your metabolism. Focusing on core strength, stability training and general strength training in particular are highly effective ways to improve your muscle mass. Either way keep yourself moving to keep the weight down and have generally better health.