Fitness for women over 40 is something I keep hearing a lot about lately. Maybe that’s because I’m approaching 50 and I have been looking more and more about how to take care of my aging body to make sure I am as healthy and fit as I can be. I have 10 year old and 23 year old sons that I need to be healthy for. Not to mention, I want to be healthy and fit so that I enjoy my life. My health and fitness level at 48 is so much more than it was in my 30’s, even though my weight isn’t where I want it to be yet. I am stronger, wiser, and more physically aware of where I am heading in the next few years of my health and fitness journey. I have learned more about how to deal with menopause, my weight gain/loss, and how to lift weights and do cardio in a smart and effective manner.
This summer, I was feeling really old. I was feeling more healthy and fit than I had in years but I was still dealing with the effects of turning 48: sagging skin, wrinkles, gray hair (I’ve had that since I was 24 so that’s not new but I have a whole lot more now). I also found out from the doctor that I am in the midst of full menopause, not just peri-menopause like most of my friends that are in my age range. That’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when friends around me that are older aren’t even in the beginnings of peri-menopause. Once I got past my pity party, I decided to find out what I could do to make my body deal with being older, better. I started looking for fitness resources that focused on women over 40. Finding programs that focus on fitness for women over 40 wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Maybe I got lucky or maybe there was more available than I imagined.
It was about that time I started hearing about a website called Fitknitchick (Do you know her? If you don’t you need to get to know her! She has some amazing workouts available) and I heard about an online fitness program that she was gearing toward women over 40!! Perfect timing!
I love how things work out like that!! I signed up for her inaugural round of her Online Fitness Program for Women 40+ and I learned so much! It was inexpensive and worth more than I imagined possible through an online group! Something I have learned though is just because it’s an online community doesn’t mean it’s not above and beyond amazing, I mean look at this group!! The program started in mid-August and I looked forward to lifting weights which I really didn’t even want to like and I started wanting to go to the gym for more than just cardio. During the last half of the program, I was in the last month of my Susan G. Komen 3-Day training so I honestly wasn’t as focused on the program as I wanted to be or needed to be. BUT that wasn’t her problem it was mine! <grin>
Even though I wasn’t as focused as I wanted to be I still was receiving information and workout videos that were helping me LEARN HOW TO LIFT WEIGHTS!! I had never before wanted to lift weights, so I never did unless someone made me feel guilty for not doing it. I had never before wanted to do interval training, but discovered through this program that I needed to. I had never before received information telling me how my hormones play a role in how I can and do lose weight. I learned so much in just 10 weeks!!
I loved the program so much I decided to sign up for session 2. I knew that I would be receiving some of the same information
but I’m kind of stubborn and sometimes it takes more than once for me to get something through my thick skull. I recruited a friend for round two and she’s had great success with it, too! We started round two of the program mid-January and we are only 1-1/2 weeks from being complete with the 10 week program. I’ve learned that hormones and sugar (theres that dirty little word again,huh?)
For me all of these things are reason enough to sign up for a program like this, but the added bonus is that I have “met” some wonderful women that have been so supportive and helpful. I feel like this was the beginning of wonderful friendships that will continue growing even after the program is over.
The entire point of this post is to let you know that just because we are older doesn’t mean we can’t be healthy, strong and fit. We have to address things from a different point of view but it can and will happen!
**** Tamara didn’t ask me to write about this program. I paid for both programs with money that my husband earned and I’m grateful that I was able to do so. I loved the program, so I wrote about the program!!