Fighting the “ugh” of Aging

Women may notice their bodies change as they age and reach menopause.

They may pack on extra weight and don’t understand why. There could be other physical changes as well.

“Your skin changes. Your weight changes. Your metabolism changes,” said 51-year-old Cynthia Massie.

It is not in their heads, it is in their hormones. “Estrogen levels drop significantly. So does testosterone. Many people think that’s a male hormone, but we need that in our bodies in order to maintain muscle tissue and to build muscle tissue,” said Personal Trainer and Fitness Guru Ashley Brixius.

Brixius says a lack of estrogen can throw your body out of whack, resulting in less muscle, more fat, and lower metabolism.

To fight the signs of aging, Brixius has a Booty Bar class at Explosive Sports Performance in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. It’s a muscle building, fat burning, isometric class that combines pilates and yoga and ballet with no jumping or running to spare any joint pain. “You’re working so deeply that you will be sweating, burning calories, toning every inch. Specifically, the lower half. The booty and the thighs,” said Brixius.

Women who’ve taken the class have noticed a difference. “I definitely have more muscle in my legs. I feel stronger and I lost a little weight”, said 42-year-old Alyssa Shields. “After 2 months of doing it, I lost 2 and a quarter inches all over my body which I was impressed,” said 47-year-old Tammy Bien

It’s not just about exercising smarter. Because hormones are not balanced, older women also have to eat smarter. Brixius says avoid processed foods, fast food and going out to eat. Instead, she advises women to cook at home and stick with whole grains, protein, low carbs and lots of fruits and veggies.

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