I’m a big fan of walking. It’s great for cardiovascular training and also helps keep your bones strong because it is a form of weight-bearing exercise. And you don’t need any fancy equipment, so you can do it anywhere. Walking is also a great energy booster when you feel tired, and a perfect alternative to reaching for a sugary snack around 3-4 pm.
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Strength training is important for keeping your muscles strong. In addition, strengthening the major muscle groups in your body puts stress on your bones and thus helps to keep them strong. When your muscles and bones are strong you can move with less effort and greater enjoyment in all your activities.
This is one of my favorite forms of exercise. It is a body-conditioning program that targets the deep core muscles that support you. The technique was developed by Joseph Pilates, a German athlete who studied many different sports and developed his method and equipment to complement traditional training programs for athletes.
My Relationship with Exercise When I was writing about exercise for The Wisdom of Menopause, my then 74-year-old mother was leading a group of women on a hiking expedition in the Adirondacks. Most of the women were in their thirties. The day before my mother started her expedition, she mowed the huge lawn on the […]