As women age, the pressure on their bodies to keep up with the changing demands of modern life is increasing, and many are seeking ways to keep themselves physically fit without a gym membership.
A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in May found that women between the ages of 20 and 50 who didn’t regularly exercise had a higher risk of heart disease, and that the number of women with at least a high school education who had not exercised in the previous 12 months was on the rise.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that physical activity among middle-aged women in the United States had increased from 20 percent to 26 percent over the last decade, but only from 11 percent to 17 percent among women who were younger than 40.
For many women, the gym is not only a way to get their bodies back in shape, but it’s also a way of coping with the stress of being pregnant.
But according to Dr. Amy Dufresne, an associate professor of health policy at the University of Minnesota, the majority of the women surveyed were choosing to stay at home with their children and instead go out and exercise.
And while that may be a great idea in theory, it may not be practical for many women.
Dr. Dufre says she sees women with health conditions who have low-back pain and back issues, for example, as a great reason to consider going outside and exercising.
In fact, she says, women who exercise more are often at a lower risk of osteoporosis, and also have lower rates of certain types of cancer, including lung cancer.
But Dr. Debra Smeets, a health policy analyst at the Women’s Health Initiative, says the majority have low activity levels, and a gym is just a way for women to “do more without actually getting more out of their bodies.”
“Women are actually looking at their bodies as something they can be used for.
And when they can’t use their bodies, they’re looking for something else,” she says.
“And it doesn’t always have to be a gym.”
When it comes to exercising outside, the health benefits of gym membership are well documented.
According to the National Institutes of Health, exercise can help you lose weight, maintain muscle mass, and reduce your risk of developing arthritis, as well as reduce the risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
It can also lower your risk for osteoporation, a condition in which your bones gradually lose bone density.
But the most effective way to do exercise outside of the gym can be by walking.
In a study published last year, researchers at Northwestern University and Boston University looked at the effects of running in a walk to reduce bone loss and improve health, and found that the longer a woman walked, the less bone loss she suffered.
In addition, they found that walking reduced the risk for developing hip fractures, the most common type of fracture in women.
The same researchers found that exercising at home and at the gym improved blood pressure and heart rate, as did running, and it seemed to be even more effective than other forms of exercise.
The researchers concluded that the benefits of exercising outside are likely due to the fact that exercise is generally more effective when done indoors.
“You can actually see a reduction in risk of fracture and an improvement in blood pressure, but you’re not seeing that in the gym,” says Dr. Smeet.
Dr, Debra says she feels it’s important for women who are concerned about getting pregnant to take advantage of the benefits.
She notes that many women do not want to work out, but that’s one reason many have taken up walking.
“I don’t want to be pregnant because of the health risk,” she said.
“But I do want to walk because I’m just like, ‘Wow, I don’t have to do this.’
And that’s really important to me.”
For women who have experienced a miscarriage, there’s another way to exercise.
While there are some programs and products that provide some exercise benefits, for most women, exercising at a distance of up to two miles a week is the best option, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
“Women need to be aware of their risk factors for miscarriage, including having high blood pressure,” says Debra.
“If you have high blood, it’s going to be much harder for you to get back to where you were.
And that can cause stress.”
In addition to exercise, a lot of women have tried yoga or pilates, but Dr. Deborah Smees says it’s a much better option for women with back and neck pain.
“For me, I just do yoga or Pilates, and I just focus on just breathing and keeping my body moving,” she explains.
“Because if I’m sitting in my chair and I’m having a hard time breathing, I’m going to feel really uncomfortable.”