Fitness Tips For Women Over 40

Fitness tips women over 40

Today I’m sharing important fitness tips for women over 40. Believe me when I say that aging won’t slow you down, inactivity and unhealthy lifestyle choices do. I speak from experience because my body is a lot stronger now, I am in tiptop shape, and my health is hundred times better compared to when I was in my 20s. With determination and self-discipline, I took control of my health, my life and just kept going! So when and how do you start then? how do you stay motivated?

Fitness Tips Women Over 40

First, evaluate your current lifestyle. No self-denial. What is your current body mass index? are you stricken by chronic illness related to your lifestyle choices? Barring medical conditions beyond one’s control, we all know for a fact that hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, obesity, to name a few are direct consequences of poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle (read important health screening tests for women over 40).

Second, squash the mindset of “eating in moderation”. You need to watch what you eat, not just how much you eat. Medium-size soda, tall frappucino, one bag of chips, three slices of pepperoni pizza, these are “moderate” by definition to some people. You should be mindful of the quality of food you are eating. Remember, you are what you eat.

Fitness tips for women over 40

Third, consider a largely plant-based diet. By definition, plant-based diet means minimal to zero animal consumption (read complete transition guide here). There are hundreds of clinical studies that support the ability of plant nutrition in preventing and reversing chronic lifestyle diseases. Even the outgoing president of the American College of Cardiology Dr. Kim Williams, who happens to be vegan, highly endorse this diet. More recently, the American Diabetes Association also maintains that a plant-based diet can in fact help with diabetes management. You’ve read the memo, now is the time to take important steps to bettering your health.

Fourth, move, stay active, exercise. There are thousands of resources available in the internet. Youtube alone has various fitness routines you can do in the the comfort of your home of office. Invite a friend, hubby, even your officemate to the gym. There is strength and fun in numbers. But most important of all, strive for consistency. Dedicate a time for fitness everyday or few times a week; remember, nothing works overnight. Sow consistently and you will reap eventually (read workout outfits that won’t break the bank and my fitness essentials).

Lastly, create a personal challenge and reward yourself later. As some of you probably know, I went plant-based a decade ago as a personal challenge. My motivation is plain and simple: I want to grow old and enjoy my retirement years healthy and strong. This year, my personal challenge is to tone my arms. I want to look strong not just cute, haha. Okay cute and strong! As for the reward? perhaps a trip to the mainland!

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39 Comments

  1. January 10, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I love your animal print workout top. How chic! I am considering running outdoors today because the temperatures have gotten back into the 40s – woohoo!

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 9:33 am

      Wow your 40 degrees would still freeze me. I got these workout clothes from HauteLook

  2. January 10, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Excellent tips, Kath! I love your outfit!

  3. January 10, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I agree with all of your fitness tips. Now I just need to put those words into action and get my act together!

  4. January 10, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Great tips, definitely not just for the over 40 crowd though! I don’t like fish, but I would like to model my diet after the Mediterranean diet (a fav of cardiologists as well!) when I make major lifestyle changes this year!

  5. January 10, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Some great tips even though I won’t become a vegan/vegetarian.

  6. January 10, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    It’s bad because many times my rewards are food related. HAHA! Now my rewards are seeing the #’s on the scale change. I’m starting out slow. I usually overdo it and injure myself when I start to work out. So i’m walking during lunch at work. Baby steps. So far, I’m down weight, so I’m happy. I’m also writing down what I eat and that has been helping too.

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 8:01 pm

      I’m so happy you’re taking important steps to bettering your health. Cheers to that

  7. January 10, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I have a hard time staying active in the winter here when it’s negative temperatures outside. I can’t wait for Spring though!

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      I understand. I work out at home too. I just watch some YouTube routines

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Many mahalo

  8. January 10, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    It really helps to have dogs to walk daily for some exercise. Love all your tips!

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Yes, they keep you active!

  9. Ehmkay nails
    January 10, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    I love your workout outfit. And your doggie!

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Doggie said many thanks

  10. January 10, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Great tips. Love the leopard workout wear!

    • thefabzilla
      January 10, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you. This leopard print workout clothes are really nice

  11. January 10, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    Very good tips! I have fibromyalgia so fitness and exercise is a real struggle for me. I have switched to a largely plant based diet though and I have focused on developing more strength in my arms and legs. I’m able to do much more than I could 2-3 years ago but its still very minimal compared to pre-fibro!

    • January 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Small steps. I am happy you have switched to plant-based diet. If it could help you, I am in several FB groups who are on plant-based/vegan diet. Their amazing stories on disease reversal are really encouraging! I also suggest to follow medical doctors who endorse plant nutrition like Dr Greger, Dr Davis, Dr Mills, Dr Esselstyn.

  12. Vanih
    January 11, 2018 / 5:06 am

    You look fabulous my friend! Thanks for sharing these important fitness tips.

    • January 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks much my fabulous friend. Glad you found me here

  13. January 11, 2018 / 11:25 am

    What a cute top! Your tips are totally solid!

  14. January 11, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Totally agree! A body in motion, stays in motion. It’s been tough for me, as my sons pregnancy seemed to jump start some auto-immune issues for me (AS and Fibro). I gotta keep reminding myself that staying active, while painful at times, actually helps. You look amazing!

    • January 11, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Sorry to hear. I hope it gets better in time. Hugs

  15. January 11, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Awesome tips! I hope to move enough so the future “me” will be thankful for it 🙂

    • January 12, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Girl you look amazing and you value your health, so no doubt about it

  16. January 11, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    These are great tips for people of any age, not just women over 40! Your workout clothes are always great.

    • January 12, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks so much. Yes, it can be for any age.

  17. 25 Sweetpeas
    January 11, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Adorable work out clothes! Ha, love workout clothes pls cute ones motivate me to work out!

    • January 12, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      same here, the cuter, the more motivated I am haha

  18. January 12, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Those are some nice tips and you definitely look very fit !

    • January 12, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      many thanks! I appreciate your sweet comment

  19. Tammy S
    January 15, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I love these tips! You are so right about it not just being about moderation as we get older! You really have to watch what you eat! I have been working on eating more fruits and vegetables. Love your workout top!

    • thefabzilla
      January 15, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you. I am happy to share personal experiences concerning health. Since I have worked in healthcare for so many years now, I have seen first hand the damaging effects of unhealthy eating habits to patients.

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