A few grey hairs. Laughter lines. Love handles. These are the obvious signs you’re getting older, but do you know the effect ageing has on the rest of your body?
As muscles age, they begin to shrink and lose mass. This is a natural process that starts around 30.
Once you reach 40, you typically start to lose between 0.5-2% of muscle mass each year.
The number and size of muscle fibers also decrease, which means that it takes our muscles longer to respond in our 50s than our 20s.
Maintaining a healthy weight is more difficult as you get older.
As you age, your muscle mass decreases and body fat takes its place.
This loss of muscle slows down our metabolic rate (the number of calories we burn to keep the body functioning at rest) so our propensity for storing fat increases.
The best approach to managing these changes is to take in fewer calories while increasing or keeping up a regular and varied exercise regime.
Include physical activities in your daily routine, whether it’s walking the dog on local footpaths, going running and swimming or hitting a few balls down the driving range.
This will help you maintain a healthy weight.
When your muscle mass is reduced, your metabolism slows down.
Strength training is great for building and maintaining muscle mass, which helps increase or preserve your metabolic rate.
Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, like fish.
Limit sugar and foods high in saturated fat.
Watch your portion sizes too. You may not need as many calories as you used to.
Slendertone toners exercise all four abdominal muscle groups, helping you rebuild weakened muscle mass.
You can wear our lightweight, slimline belts during exercise to get the most out of workouts, or even when you’re doing chores in the house or the garden.
A stronger core also helps improve all functional movement, from carrying heavy shopping bags to simply walking up and down the stairs or sitting down.
Slendertone is proven to firm the stomach muscles, which helps tone the waistline (Porcari, 2005).
During exercise and everyday activities, the brain emits signals to the muscles making them contract and relax.
Slendertone abs belts use electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to send signals directly to your muscles instead.
This activates your muscles, toning and working them in a similar.
From 6 weeks of using Slendertone belts, users in clinical tests benefited from an average increase of 72% in abdominal endurance and 49% in abdominal strength (Porcari, 2005 and 2009).
Whatever you do to keep active, you’ll soon feel the rewards of a stronger, more stable core in every exercise and movement as well.