Q. Glen, I am 51 years old, ( a women ) and I have been going to the gym every day to lose the belly fat I acquired in menopause. The rest of my body is good, except the midsection. I do 60 minutes on the treadmill every morning. I have seen some improvement, but I'm wondering if that's enough.
A. Sixty minutes on the treadmill every morning is excellent aerobic activity — if you end up sweating and your pulse rate goes up, which I am sure happens for you. To get even more out of your workout, you can also try interval training — run for one minute then walk for five minutes on the treadmill. As time goes on you can increase your running time by a minute while scaling back the walking interval.
If you feel that you could supplement this kind of activity with something else, I would recommend strength training exercise. This type of activity would build up muscle mass that you may have lost during and after menopause. Older persons tend to lose muscle mass after a certain age, but studies have shown that it is possible to gain it back through weight lifting. Strength training can also give you a metabolic lift. A personal trainer or physical therapist can help you with these types of strength-training activities.
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