After the age of 40 we can lose 1 to 2% of muscle mass per year unless we do something about it! Lifting weights is a must. Cardiovascular exercise alone such as running or swimming will not increase muscle mass! Here are ten reasons why I feel you should include weightlifting in your daily exercise regimen:
January 21, 2017
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 5:57 AM Labels: Anti-Aging, brown skin, Diet, Dumbbells, Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Over 50, Fitness Wear, Free Weights, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Weight-lifting
May 13, 2016
Now you can see all of my favorite athleisure wear and workout equipment all in one place. I've created a new Pinterest Board called Athleisure Wear & Workout Equipment where I'll be pinning all of my favorite items that I purchased from Amazon with direct links to where you can find them. People always ask me where I got certain items and now I can just direct them to this board.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 9:58 PM Labels: #fitnessover50, Exercise, exercise equipment, Fitness Over 50, Fitness Wear, Free Weights, Lifestyle, Pinterest, Weight Loss, Weight-lifting
April 6, 2016
I happened to ask a friend how she got so many full profile great selfies on her IG page and she said she props her cell phone upright on a stand and sets the timer on her camera for 10secs. How did I not know this! This is a game changer for me now because I have always taken the time to set up my Sony on a tripod and take photos in my backyard. Besides the fact that my iPhone 6 takes lousy photos, I will still be able to capture the moments when I come home from the gym and want to do some fitness checks.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 11:55 PM Labels: #fitnessover50, #gymlife, #womenofcolor, brown skin, Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Over 50, Fitness Wear, Free Weights, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Weight-lifting
March 15, 2016
I the last time I posted a side by side photo was back in January, I had fell off my diet over the holidays and I wasn't too happy with myself. So I picked up where I left off and continued on the same nutritional program that I was on prior to the holidays arriving. Pretty much all I was doing was limiting my sugar intake. I am literally avoiding products that contains sugar.... it is the only way that my body will move fat.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 7:45 PM Labels: #brownskin, #fitnessover50, #gymlife, brown skin, Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Over 50, Free Weights, Nutrition, Swimwear, Weight Loss, Weight-lifting
March 8, 2016
I don't know about you but i'm anticipating summer and being in a bikini. I've been working very hard on the nutrition portion of my fitness regimen which makes up 70% of my entire journey. Even when i'm eating healthy and watching my sugar intake, it's still hard to move fat off my body and build muscle. It's not a matter of weight lifting and doing cardio, i'm in the gym lifting weights & doing cardio 5 days a week, I'm in menopause and my body just responds slowly to exercising..... so it's really all about nutrition for me. I have (for the most part) given up sugar, I eat very healthy and wholesome foods that I have to actually prepare everyday. I realize that this is my life now and I love it! I still feel that I have a ways to go, I want to look slightly more muscular (or toned) for those of you that are scared of that word. I want to feel more stronger to keep doing the things that I love... playing golf with my husband, playing tennis with my grandchildren, going swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter!
February 16, 2016
I started my fitness journey during my birthday month in August 2015. The photos in the pink sports bra shows me at 34% bodyfat and weighing 151.5. Through a series of sugar detox, weight lifting and cardio, I got my bodyfat down to 25%. I don't weigh myself much but the last time I weigh myself I was 144.0 and i'm a whole lotta muscle now.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 4:11 PM Labels: #anti-aging, #fitnessover50, Anti-Aging, Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Over 50, Fitness Wear, Free Weights, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Weight-lifting
February 4, 2016
The moment you realize that your physical journey involves so much more than just hitting the gym, it becomes a part of your everyday existence. I knew that fruits was going to be a huge part of my diet but I wasn't exactly aware of how I was going to fit them in on a daily basis. I wanted to have a bowl of fruit everyday for the natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients that my body needed so I was searching for ways to incorporate them into my daily regimen.
January 19, 2016
Today was Hamstring/Glutes day in the gym. I included a photo for you of my routine that I keep in my notes section. I have routines for each body part and I alternate between them. If I see something else I like, I will add it and implement it into my workout. Usually I pick 3 out of the exercises listed and do about 3 or 4 sets of each.... then I finish up with abs and 30 minutes of cardio. I do cardio everyday so that I won't get bulky.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 11:37 AM Labels: #fitnessover50, Anti-Aging, brown skin, Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Over 50, Fitness Wear, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Weight-lifting
January 15, 2016
I had a good leg workout today but i'm sore as hell! I have to tell you that except for some Shredz protein powder and fat burner made especially for women.... i'm all natural. I tried the BCAA (branch chain amino acids), the pre-workout powder & the whey powder but none of it took the soreness away so I figured why am I buying this expensive stuff? I was at Costco's looking at the bone and joint stuff and I picked up some Osteo Bi-Flex for joint health. I figured with all the vitamins and minerals it contained it should work wonders on the muscles as well. But until it kicks in.... it's hot baths and Epson salt for now.
December 7, 2015
For me... warming up my body before I do any kind of weightlifting is very important because I don't want to pull or tear any muscles. Prior to this, I used to do a light yoga stretch when I first arrived at the gym. That proved not to be enough warm up for my body because I actually pulled a muscle in my upper shoulder that still hasn't healed. Now, I do what I call a Cardio Warm-up that actually targets every muscle in my body. At the same time, I warm up my abs by lying on a mat and working them in-between my step-ups, I included this in the video also. I give you a really short 3min video demo but my entire warm-up routine is about 30 minutes. I do this every time I arrive at the gym for now.