In a recent paper published in Menopause Journal in February 2011, a small study was done on the effects of several types of exercise on women as they age. Doing step exercise, weight training and stretching maintains and improves the ability to navigate on our feet. Exercise keeps women from falling, a common occurrence in older women that can lead to broken hips and spine fractures. Too often a woman will die of complications from these falls. One of the effects of aging is the loss of muscle mass and the ability to remain steady on your feet. Muscle mass loss can begin as early as age 40 when hormones begin to change. This loss has a more profound effect on women because of general lower mass of muscle compared to males.
Stepping As an Answer
What is step exercise? Simply put, it includes taking the stairs, dancing, hiking or step exercising. Many fitness centers and local community centers offer step classes such as “Zumba”, “Jazzercise” and more.
Watch the beginners video to learn the simple way to do step exercise. Incorporate various types of movements to keep it exciting and fun. Dancing is probably the most enjoyable way to move. The sound of music and a steady beat is all you need to keep moving.
The Menopause Journal article further states: “In a previous paper, the same research team reported that women who adhered to the program lowered their body mass while maintaining their skeletal mass and basal metabolic rate. In the control group, body mass index did not change, although skeletal muscle mass and basal metabolic rate both fell.” This is a clear statement: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”.
Do not become a statistic. Staying active is imperative to living a long and productive life. Keeping balanced on the physical level is as important as maintaining a healthy balance on the inside. Keeping fit has never been so important.