Myth #1 - I can’t reach my ideal body weight if I’m over forty.
That is not true. Anyone at any age can lose weight and feel great. The key is finding your personal formula. Everyone is different and there is no one-size-fits-all program. It takes some investigative work. At age 57, Ann wanted to get in shape and lose weight for her daughter’s wedding. We created a personalized program for Ann that included strength training twice a week and walks using a heart rate monitor. The work was done in small steps and because she stayed consistent, she lost 25 pounds and felt wonderful at the wedding. That was a year ago and Ann maintains her routine and continues to make healthy choices. According to Ann, the best part is “I feel free and unstuck and I’m having FUN”.
Myth #2 - I am at the mercy of my hormones (or “it’s just menopause.”)
Not true either. In fact, if you exercise with intention those hormones just might be at the mercy of you! Strength training is the antidote to the effects of menopause in women over 40. When Julie started training at age 51, she was told by a physician colleague that weight gain around the midsection was something she had to live with and her bone density was declining. “All women gain 1o pounds per decade” was the rule of thumb. She set out to take control of her health and learn the truth. She began strength training several times a week and saw steady improvement. It wasn’t easy and the first few months were a challenge. The score on her employer’s health assessment went from 60 to 90 (out of 100) her waist went from 32 to 27 inches and her doctor told her to keep doing what she’s doing. Julie says, “It's been three years since I walked into the studio on my 51st birthday. It's been a long journey but I have a level of confidence that I never had before.”
Myth #3 - My metabolism is shot so I’ll just have to live with weight gain.
Our metabolisms are shot because we’ve put them through the ringer with diet after diet. Calorie deprivation is not the way to boost your metabolism. It’s feeding your body the right amount of quality, healthy food and exercising properly. It’s staying away from junk food and processed carbs. It is a commitment to a safe and balanced program of strength training, consistent walking, and really good nutrition choices. Use your muscles. Walk some hills. These are the things that boost your metabolism.
But here’s where it gets exciting. Once you have busted all the myths and started conquering these small goals week after week, it starts to affect all areas of your life. You think, "If I can get through that workout, I can make better choices with my food." It is when you start stringing these successes together that it starts to change your life. Past struggles, even a lifetime of them, lose their power and a new belief starts to form. And when you believe that you are empowered to accomplish anything you set your mind to no matter what age you are, there is no stopping you.