What is the best exercises for women over 50 in pretty decent shape. Is it strenuous types or yoga/pilates. Want to know best way to just tone.
The best exercise is the one you will do and do consistently. Cardio exercise is important to maintain a healthy weight and to support our cardio-vascular health. However, as we age, we lose muscle mass so strength training with fairly heavy weights is highly recommended. Heavy weights mean you use enough to challenge and fatigue your muscles – at least 10 lb dumbbells. I teach weight training classes and too many women gravitate to the lightest body bars and weights. If the weight you use isn’t a challenge, it won’t do very much for you. Toning usually means we don’t want to bulk up which you won’t. Women don’t have enough testosterone to bulk up. The best way to tone is to lift weights that challenge your muscles and do numerous reps (12-20) for each exercise.