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How Women Over 40 Can Prevent Shrinking!

Apr 26, 2008
As a child growing up, do you remember comparing your height to every relative who stood still for five minutes? Remember your joy as you slowly grew taller than an aunt or your mother?

As an adult, when you re-visited some of these ladies, now getting along in years, were you surprised to discover they were shorter than you recalled? Did you just chalk it up to your - as an adult - being taller now?

Could it be that your female relatives have indeed been shrinking?

The average woman stands to lose between 2 to eight inches of her height once she reaches menopause. Many medical experts believed at one time that this loss was inevitable. Now the medical community realizes that it isn't.

This shrinking is attributed to osteoporosis, which is a lessening of the density of the bone. Although both men and women have the same issues, it is more of a problem for women. The two best ways to prevent it from affecting you is to take supplemental calcium and have a regular fitness routine.

Staying fit in your 40's and beyond will help you retain the necessary bone mass - and your current height - but it is only one benefit of exercising daily. It is very important to have a regular fitness program has you get older because it can reduce the risk factors in any number of health problems including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The key to doing exercise on a regular basis is to do something that you really enjoy. Think about things you really like doing - walking, dancing, biking etc. It does not have to be a brutal workout at the gym.

In addition to aerobic activities that will get your blood flowing and heart rate up, weight bearing exercises are also critical. When you contract a muscle, force is applied on that bone and that which builds muscle also helps to build bone mass.

Weight lifting is the best form of building and retaining bone mass. If you decide to lift weights, you do not have to worry about developing huge muscles like competitive female lifters because that is not what you need to get the benefits.

But, there are some outstanding - and astounding - benefits that accompany this particular exercise. Just read the results of this study conducted by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D. of Tufts University.

Two groups of post-menopausal women were studied by Dr. Nelson. None of women in either group were doing a regular fitness program or taking any hormone replacement supplements.

The two groups were separated into those who remained sedentary and those who began a simple weight lifting program, for 40 minutes - twice a week. Everything else remained the same. At the end of one year, the results were quite remarkable. Those who were doing the basic weight lifting had lost inches, lost weight and had vastly improved strength tests. In fact, their results matched scores of women who were much younger.

The most wonderful change in these postmenopausal women was evident in how they now spent their free time. Now free from the inactive lifestyles of before, they took up canoeing and went dancing and played a more active role in all of their lives.

As we reach 40 years of age and older, fitness becomes more and more important not only to our health but to enriching our lives. The key is to select one or two activities that you really enjoy that will keep you fit and do them regularly. The more active you are - the stronger your bones will stay - and the taller you will stand in your life.
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