Most of us have an arsenal of serums and creams to fight wrinkles — so why aren’t we taking the same all-in approach when it comes to tackling another major pitfall of aging: a slowing metabolism?
According to the Center for Disease Control, the average American woman gains almost a pound a year after age 20, meaning that the fear of turning 40 and being stuck with an extra five, 10, or even 20 pounds is perfectly legitimate. And the longer you wait to develop a fitness strategy, the harder it’s going to be to get rid of the pooch.
While hormones are part of the equation, especially as your body changes during different phases of life, your weight is within your control. “The reason we get weaker and out of shape as we get older isn’t so much about biological factors as it is about lifestyle factors,” says Dan Trink, Director of Personal Training Operations at Peak Performance in New York City. “If you stay active, you’ll have a strong, healthy body your whole life.”
Trink, along with all the experts we spoke with, believes that it isn’t about adding specific exercises to your routine as you age — it’s more about adjusting your workouts to your changing lifestyle and hormonal profile.