This is the first part of a new Wellness Connection series.
If you're like many women over 40, you've probably noticed that it's become a lot easier to gain a few pounds than to lose them. The foods that you ate without care in your 20's and 30's now stick to your body like glue, adding bulk to your midsection. The good news: The solution to a slim, firm body at 40-plus is no farther than your fridge. Research shows that, when combined with a little regular exercise, what you eat and when you eat it are your metabolic secret weapons for building muscle mass, the body's prime calorie-burning tissue and a key driver of your metabolism.
But too-tight jeans, a puffy midsection, and an increased risk of diabetes don't have to be your future. Your chances of winding up with all of the above increase with each pound of muscle you lose. Here's how to safeguard muscle mass and turn up the heat on your body's natural calorie-frying furnace.
Keep your eye on the Merritt Clubs blog for the second part of this series: How to Get Started
Paula Chaney is the Wellness Coordinator of Merritt Clubs. To learn more about her healthy living program Commit to Get Fit, contact her at 410-821-0160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.