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How to stay fit for the long haul

Every woman has weight fluctuations that come with the hormones. In your early thirties, those extra pounds begin to arrive and stay despite some hard work out secessions. A logical response might be to work out harder and eat lighter, until your get to that weight that you desire.

Health and fitness experts are beginning to see that the way to manage your weight as your age is to work out smarter (not harder) and make sure you are eating enough.

The goal is to keep your hormones, which not only diminish with age but can be thrown off kilter by crushing workouts and low calorie diets, in balance.
What do hormones have to do with the way your body responds to exercise? Substances like estrogen and progesterone are part of the chemical relay system that tells the brain, among other things, when the body should store fat and when to burn it.

The combination of too much exercise and not enough food disturbs the body's natural hormone balance, which experts say might make it harder to lose weight. Research shows that estrogen helps the body burn fat.
Exercise and diet-related hormonal shifts have long been recognized in competitive female athletes, but recently, some physicians say they have noticed similar changes in women in their 30s and 40s who are simply struggling to hold their weight down.

If you exercise a moderate amount, that is good for everything, but if you over exercise, it's bad for everything.
A balanced plan!

In your 20s feel free to try higher-impact cardiovascular exercise (such as running and high-impact aerobics), strength training, and one hour of intense activity per week. Rest at least 1 day a week.

In your 30s Switch to low-or medium-impact cardio, weight-bearing exercise (walking, tennis), and moderate strength training. Rest at least 1 day per week.
In your 40s focus on weight-bearing exercise, low-to medium-impact cardio, and strength training; add Tai Chi, yoga, or Pilate's to develop flexibility and balance. Rest at least 2 days per week.

In your 50s follow same plan as above, but with more emphasis on Tai Chi, yoga, and Pilate's. Rest at least 2 days per week.

Is Stress Causing You To Ache?

The source of stress-related pain lies in the brain which, when you feel under pressure, triggers the release of cortisol, adrenaline and other hormones that prepare the body for action by, for example, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, less noticeably, these hormones also make mussels tense up, which cause aches and irritate nerves.
Here is a guide of where stress hits most often.

Low-back pain
Back pain can be caused by many different factors, such as poor posture, or pressure on the spine from long hours of sitting. A study showed that women who reported signs of stress such as dissatisfaction, worry, and fatigue were more likely to experience low back pain than those who had physical stressors like doing a lot of lifting.
Neck and Shoulder pain
The neck is partiality prone to stress related pain in part because it's already bearing the burden of your 10 pound head. Bad habits like squeezing the phone between your shoulder and your ear, but tension in neck muscles makes the problem worse, often causing pain to radiate. Mental stress is strongly linked to the likelihood of experiencing radiating neck pain.
Tension headaches are sometimes called "hatband headaches" because pain occurs all around the head, although it's most intense at the temples and back of the skull. The tight areas causing the ache, however, are often concentrated in the face and neck, referring pain through muscle fibers and nerves. A greater concern is that those who have headaches frequently are higher risk of depression and anxiety.
Jaw Ache
Pain caused on the side of the face that can radiate to the head or neck maybe indicative of the jaw malady, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). In many cases, the problem isn't the joint connecting the jaw to the skull, but muscular tension caused by clenching the teeth while under stress.
Stress can cause you to clench or grind your teeth at night. It may be a good idea to wear a mouth guard to both minimize damage to your teeth and cushion pressure from the jaw, which may help relieve pain. Speak with your doctor about any of these aches to see how to best relieve whatever may be the cause

High-Protein Diets Require More Water
A recent University of Connecticut study found that high-protein dieters need at least two more than the recommended eight glasses of water a day to wash out the extra waste produced by these foods. To keep fluid levels flush, drink a glass first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed.

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