A woman who posted a comment recently sent out an SOS for help in figuring out how to tame the post-menopause 20. It’s something many of us face (not Juju yet, however. She’s still in her prime!)
I thought I might have an answer, but wanted it confirmed. The Mayo Clinic was kind enough to have posted just the kind of information we need.
It comes down to this: we have to change what we’re doing. Because metabolism naturally slows down as we age, they suggest that we eat 200-400 calories less. Drat. But there is a ray of hope.
Weight training. It builds muscle. And, as we’ve all heard, each pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day, and each pound of fat burns 0. Powerful motivation to do some resistance exercise. There’s no risk of becoming musclebound. Women lack the hormones for that.
Resistance exercise also helps prevent osteoporosis.
So what would a day look like? I’m thinking at least 30 minutes of aerobics and about 45 minutes of resistance training three days a week. On the other days, probably up to an hour of aerobic activity.
For those of us who aren’t as young as we used to be, the good news is that we can start up at anytime, as long as the doc says we can.
For those us who are still young, remember that this struggle we’re in will go on until we’re buried. Unlike a paying job, which we get to retire from, or parenthood, where the major responsibilities end at some point, we’ll all have to figure out how to keep moving, and how to stay strong, no matter what.
I for one am not planning to go backwards. What are you planning?