Whether you’re 25 or 75, you can lose weight at any age by taking high-impact aerobic classes. By combining your classes with a healthy, calorie-conscious diet, you’ll shed pounds and inches from head to toe while enjoying energetic, challenging workouts that put your body to the test. And from kickboxing to step and others in between, high-impact aerobic classes will give you a slimmer waistline and help you gain a healthier heart, sharper mind and a more joyful, active life.
Regardless of your age, sometimes it just feels good to hit something. Women from high school to retirement and especially those in their 30s and 40s experience stress, which is one reason it’s important to have an outlet for dealing with emotions. Kickboxing allows you to take out aggression and frustration while relieving stress and reaping the benefits of mood-boosting endorphins. So go ahead and sign up for a kickboxing class at your gym or local boxing club. These classes give you a positive way to burn off both frustration and calories -- 372 in 30 minutes if you weigh 155 pounds -- while improving your self-confidence and learning basic self-defense moves.
Another high-impact option that’s safe for women of all ages is the step workout. With so many different moves to make and the ability to raise your heart rate sharply or keep it moderate, step is ideal for women of any fitness level. Step routines are set to fast-paced music and are led by lively instructors who can help you modify moves to fit your personal condition. If you’re able, step yourself to the max, or you can adjust the movements if you have physical limitations. With the instructor’s help, you’ll be able to enjoy a high-impact workout that suits your body and helps you burn calories and inches.
The title may sound scary, and depending on your instructor, it may be. But adventure awaits at boot camp classes. While they vary according to who leads them, all boot camp classes involve high-energy aerobics and challenging strength moves. By signing up for a class at your local gym, you can get a total-body workout that meets your aerobic requirements, helps you develop stronger muscles and increases your bone density. If you’re lucky, you might even receive a boot camp T-shirt.
If you don’t have a gym membership or access to a center that offers high-impact aerobics classes, check out a DVD from your local library or pick one up at the store. With hundreds of options, you can find a high-impact workout that gives you the class-like feeling in the privacy of your own home. Look for high-intensity, cardio-based workouts such as kickboxing, step or dance that involve total-body movements and keep your heart rate elevated. Whether you take a class or do a video, however, check with your doctor before you begin to discuss your goals and safety.
- Harvard Health Publications: Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for People of Three Different Weights
- BestHealthMag.ca: 5 Amazing Benefits of Kickboxing for Women
- ABCNews.go.com: 'Most Stressed Out' in U.S.? Middle-Aged Women Have Lowest Well-Being, Study Finds
- WashingtonPost.com: Step on It!
- MayoClinic.com: Boot Camp Workout: Is It Right for You?
After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in sports information, Jill Lee served for 10 years as a magazine editor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Also a published author, Lee now works as a professional writer and editor focusing on fitness, sports and careers.