Women need much less calories as they near or enter their 40s just to maintain their current weight. This is due to hormonal changes. Unfortunately, more calories becomes stored in the body as fat than previously. This, in addition to the fact that there is muscle loss, which also turns to fat are both contributing factors to weight gain in women at this age. That is why it is important to begin an exercise routine, as well as reduce the amount of fatty foods ingested.
Furthermore, it all seems to settle in the midsection. Not only do women feel subconscious about it, they also put themselves at medical risks. In fact, those who have belly fat increase their risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which is an ever-growing condition.
This means that all women, regardless of their age, body size, weight, etc. need to exercise and lower the amount of calories they consume, as they approach their 40s. Finding the right exercises can reduce your waist size, and dramatically reduce the risk of the aforementioned illnesses that accompany it.
There is a misconception regarding the type of exercises that will help target the abdomen. Many believe that regular situps or crunches will do the trick, but will be surprised to find out that they are not the ultimate exercises to give you optimum results. Although they will help to some extent, you would benefit from learning which are the actual activities that should be undertaken in order to develop your abdominal muscles.
It is important also to know exactly which muscles are being affected by the particular exercise. With that said, many people, men and women alike exercise incorrectly and achieve minimal results because of this. With that said, it is important to begin to build your core strength. This means strengthening the innermost muscles.
This can be done by lifting weights that are resting on your shoulders as you are squatting. Of course, you are not powerlifting. You are simply resting a bar of reasonable weight across the shoulders. Be sure to keep your feet apart, roughly at shoulders width. Repeat this 10 to 15 times, take a break, and then start another set of 10 to 15, and then repeat one more time. Within a few weeks you should start to see some serious results.