Exercising into your 40s: Freedom Health

From increased bone density to better muscle mass and heart health, exercise is important for women who are 40 and beyond. Cath Julius, Clinical Director at Freedom Health Physio and Pilates, gives a few simple tips on how to make exercise work for you.

Take your time
For many women, the 40s marks a transition from primary caregiver to re-prioritising yourself. If you have been less active during the last few or fifteen years, it’s important to acknowledge that your body needs time to recondition and strengthen.
Expecting to jump straight back into your old routine from 10 years ago is setting yourself up for frustration and possible injury.

Find movement you love
The number one key to integrating exercise into your life is to find movement you enjoy. Don’t be fooled into claims like “the best exercise for women over 40”.
The best movement for you in the long term is the one that you enjoy. Take your time and explore different options. What you loved when you were 20 is often different from the movement your body enjoys
at 40.

Accept changes and seek professional advice
From the age of 40, the female body experiences several hormonal changes that go well beyond hot flushes. Hormones also have an impact on soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments and even your pelvic floor. This means that some women will experience new symptoms they have not felt before, ranging from hip pain to leakage. Just because it’s hormonal, doesn’t mean you have to surrender and accept these symptoms. Find a professional who understands women’s health and exercise and let them guide you back to a movement routine that works for you.

At Freedom Health, the team members are experts in exercise and women’s health. No matter your concern, they can help you to keep doing the things you love – for life. Call 03 355 6699 to learn more.



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