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Female health in your 40s

Stay healthy throughout your forties

Ever find yourself going ‘Ooph!’ as you get out of a chair? Declining mobility, joint stiffness and reduced flexibility are all telltale signs of non-active aging. As is a wardrobe of clothing that just seems to get mysteriously tighter! The thing is, we tend to become less active as we age, without really noticing.

Do you drive where you used to walk? Sit at a desk for long hours when you used to be constantly on the run? Do you eat out more, go clubbing less and always get a taxi home? While our lives may be at their most hectic, it doesn’t necessarily mean we are being active.

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How can I maintain my health?

Now is the time to inject some calorie-blasting activity back into your life. And it doesn’t have to be at the gym. In fact, a study at the University of Maastricht found that people who were sedentary most of the day but went to the gym regularly burned fewer calories than people who were generally more active in their daily lives but didn't do any structured workouts. Think of every task you have to do — from unloading the washing machine and traveling to work, to shopping and DIY — as an opportunity to use your body. Research from the University of Arkansas revealed that the amount of energy spent on daily activity accounted for 75 per cent of the variability in body fat levels among subjects — meaning that the more active they were, the less body fat they had. Activities such as tai chi, yoga and Pilates can do wonders to restore good range of motion and suppleness.

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  • whatson4me '"...people who were sedentary most of the day but went to the gym regularly burned fewer calories than people who were generally more active in their daily lives but didn't do any structured workouts." I think this is good news for those of us tied to a desk with no chance of getting to a gym. I won't feel quite so guilty when I have a quick mop of the floor during 'work-time' '

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