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Why is it difficult for women to get fit as they get older?

Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The fact is that if women wait to focus on fitness until they approach their 50s, they add another degree of difficulty to the process: menopause! Estrogen is a so-called catabolic hormone, which means that one of its functions is to help us burn and use energy stores. As estrogen walks out the door as women enter menopause, they are left with an intact storage function and less burning function. It takes less energy for daily maintenance and therefore less food intake. Unless women burn more energy through smart activity, they are not likely to make progress on getting control of their bodies.
Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age

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Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age

It's one of the undeniable facts of life. After we reach a certain age, our bodies change. No matter how fit we may have been at 20, we're very different people after 40. But growing older doesn't...

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