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Over 40 and Overweight

Updated on March 19, 2014

Is There A Realistic Workout For Me?

Women Over 40 Looking for a Workout

OK ladies this article is for Overweight woman in their 40’s who are looking for a workout that doesn't involve some fitness Guru screaming at you or high intense workouts that make you puke two minutes into the routine. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure those work outs are fabulous for someone who likes being tortured or already in shape, but realistically most women need something a little more self-enjoying, and is contoured to there body weight. At the age of 40+ you are not looking for a quick fix, you are looking for something you can do and fit into your lifestyle for the rest of your life. Your metabolism has slow down and you find you are not as active as you once were when you were younger. Research has shown that most women over 40 and over weight who join a gym will probably stop going after a few months. and will quit a high intense aerobics class after a few weeks because it is to long and to hard for them to handle.

Stay With It, Don't Give Up

Are Overweight Woman Lazy When It Comes To Working Out?

The answer to this question is no. If you are not 10 pounds or more overweight or ever been, it is hard for you to understand what people go through.

As you grow older your body goes through a series of changes. At the age of 40+ hormonal ups and downs can wreak havoc on a woman's life. These problems may be digestive issues a slowing metabolism, insomnia, night sweats and/or hot flashes, migraine, and abdominal weight gain. Hormones are also the cause of many confused emotions and have been linked to chest pains or palpitations due to bouts of anxiety, sadness and depression, irritability and intense mood swings. However, women who are overweight double these issues and add more serious conditions to them. Like

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Breathing problems
  • Arthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Some kinds of cancer

Women over 10 pounds or more of body weight struggle daily with mental issues like

  • Clothes not fitting
  • Struggling to walk ten feet and gasping for air.
  • Developing Asthma
  • Developing food allergies
  • Intense pain in feet, ankles, legs, and back.
  • Being tired all the time
  • Feeling withdrawn

Introduced in 7 Minutes

So I heard about the 7 minute workout and wanted to check it out. I thought, why do women who are overweight stick to this high intense workout and like it. This is the conclusion fitness experts from the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida came to.

  • Its only 7 minutes long
  • It uses a high-intensity circuit training method, which is similar to the high-intensity interval training.(This training takes periods of intense aerobic activity and alternates it with periods of rest, like running and then walking and then running again.)
  • it incorporates resistance training
  • Each exercise is only 30 seconds long
  • Enthusiastic instructor (If you use Rebecca Louise on XHIT Daily on YouTube), which adds to a fun way of starting your morning.

The principle to this training is to do a strength exercise like a squat repeating the motion for a certain amount of time, rest, and then do another strength move. It’s different than traditional resistance training because the rest periods are shorter—usually less than 30 seconds—and the exercises chosen work large muscle groups in order to raise your heart rate. It combines aerobic and resistance training into a single exercise.

It's a great way to get your heart rate going in the mornings and seeing you through the day. Once you get use to it you can move on to a more advance workout. But until then I recommend the 7 minute workout.

Let's Get Into Shape

Step by Step

YES! I Can Do This!


Let Me Sum It All Up

I know that this work out is not for everyone. But if you are overweight and are 40+ I recommend you jump start your morning and get your heart rate up with the 7 minute workout. You can do it in the privacy of your own home so if you struggle at first to do the exercises, no one will know but you. It will make you feel good about yourself and help tone your muscles.. But remember, See your doctor before starting any exercise program, Make sure the area you are working out in is safe and free of obstacle's. And always keep in mind. Life is an adventure and you don't want to miss it, So go get fit.


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    Paula Matney 3 years ago

    I think I might give this a try