20s & 30s
The ideal workout schedule includes 30 to 60 minutes a day of
cardiovascular exercise, two to three sessions of strength
training a week, regular stretching and balance practice to
minimize the usual deterioration in balance as we get older.
Strength training is even more important now to combat the
quarter-pound of muscle most women lose every year (while
gaining at least that much in fat) after age 40. Remember: You
want to exhaust your muscles. So as you get stronger, do extra
reps and use heavier weights. You should also pump up your
50s & Up
Ideally, you still want to get 30 to 60 minutes a day of aerobic
exercise, but now you can mix in a moderate activity like
walking with high-intensity workouts. Make sure you also do some
strength training-again, ideally, two to three times a week.
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