A gym teacher and mother of two in incredible shape at age 45 has revealed why her biggest secret is to “work out and eat like a girl.”
Belinda Norton, a health and fitness education professional and certified Gold Coast trainer, said the key to “exceptional women’s health” is to exercise and eat differently than men.
“We have a very different biological body composition than men and therefore our bodies react differently to training and racing,” says Belinda. wrote.
“If we focus on loving and caring for our biological female body, we are more likely to find a successful routine for overall wellness.”
A gym teacher and mother of two in incredible shape at age 45 has revealed why her number one secret is to ‘work out and eat like a girl’ (Belinda Norton pictured)
Belinda Norton (pictured), a Gold Coast health educator and certified trainer, said the key to “exceptional women’s health” is to exercise and eat differently than men
Belinda explained that one of the main differences between training as a man and training as a woman is that women are “born endurance athletes who can withstand a higher pain threshold.”
Belinda recommends recognizing the female monthly cycle when it comes to your training and doing workouts based on it.
For example, you may feel stronger and able to lift heavier or run longer when you’re on your period, but in the days leading up to your period, you may want to do a workout that’s gentler, such as yoga.
Weight training will always improve your health mobility [as a woman]she said.
“Add a 5-7kg speed circuit set to improve your overall muscle strength and mobility.”
Belinda (pictured) said one of the main differences between training as a man and training as a woman is that women are “born endurance athletes who can withstand a higher pain threshold.”
The teacher (pictured) explained that one of the worst things you can do as a woman as you get older is eat too many hidden sugars, which are in many foods and always alcohol.
When it comes to dieting, Belinda said the most important thing as a woman is to limit the sugars you include in your daily diet.
I try to drink only one night a week, Friday or Saturday. Once glass at an event counts and adds up
While you may not think you eat a lot of sugar, her experience is that women around the world don’t pay attention to the hidden sugars in their food and drinks, and this often leads to them gaining weight as they age.
“The most potent for me is alcohol,” Belinda said.
“Especially my love for Champagne. I try to drink only one night a week, Friday or Saturday. One glass at an event counts and does add up.’
Belinda (pictured at home) tries to limit her drinking to just one night a week, instead focusing on filling her diet with lots of real, home-grown whole foods
The 45-year-old said that as she drinks more, it not only dramatically affects her sleep, mood and body function, but she also begins to ‘miss focus’ and a ‘little tummy’ appears.
“As we get older, our bodies react differently to how it used to be and especially to how it uses sugar,” Belinda said.
‘The older we get, the less muscle mass we retain. Over time, our BMR [basal metabolic rate] decreases, meaning we burn fewer calories at rest.
“Sugar not only causes highs and lows in mood and energy, it can also disrupt one of the most powerful hormones in the body: insulin.”
A rise in insulin leads to the production of testosterone, she said, which is then converted to estrogen and fat tissue in the abdomen.
The best way to avoid this, she added, is to make sure you eat and drink clean 80 percent of the time.
Belinda has five tips for women, young and old, if they want to train and eat like a girl, the most important of which is to remember that it is about quality, not quantity (workout pictured)
Belinda has five tips for women, young and old, if they want to train and eat like a girl, the most important of which is to remember that it’s about quality, not quantity.
“Focus on the body moving purposefully for 60 minutes,” she said. “Add speed and hills while walking or jogging.”
She also recommends doing regular weight circuits to build lean muscle mass.
Belinda’s third tip is to “train with alignment in mind”:
“We need to focus on how the muscles in the body move to create a faster result,” she said.
‘Make sure to add yoga to counteract the pressure in the lower back, core, hip and leg. Maintaining flexibility ensures alignment and fewer injuries.’
The gym teacher’s last two tips are that you should focus on yourself and eat small, quality meals often, rather than large, high-energy feasts:
“By creating plenty of energy throughout the day, you’ll improve your energy levels during a busy day and avoid the post-workout slum,” she said.
Belinda prefers good fats like avocado, as well as eggs that can help repair ligaments.
Belinda’s five tricks to ‘eat and train like a girl’
1. Quality over quantity: Concentrate on 60 focused minutes to move your body properly and purposefully.
2. Taking Weights: A speed circuit with 5-7kg hand weights will improve your overall muscle strength and mobility
3. Train with tuning in mind: Focus on how the muscles in your body move to create results. You should especially think about your hips and lower back if you are a woman because of pregnancy and menopause. For this reason, yoga is key to ensuring alignment and limiting injuries.
4. Focus on you: Avoid a “crazy competitive mindset” and think about your own body and fitness and health journey.
5. Eat Good Quality Small Meals Often: Rather than going for large, energy-dense, exhausting meals, Belinda recommends creating plenty of energy throughout the day and eating smaller, healthy meals to avoid a slump. Make sure that they contain real whole foods as much as possible.
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Previously, the 45-year-old shared why ‘real, full-grown homegrown food’ is the secret to a great body, year after year.
“It really is the magic elixir for our body’s performance level. These soil-grown foods promote internal health, from digestion to blood-boosting components,” she wrote.
“I encourage you to eat raw vegetables daily and increase your consumption by adding vegetables to every meal, including breakfast.”
Belinda recommends making simple adjustments, such as adding spinach to eggs, eating raw carrots as a snack, eating baby cucumbers, enjoying raw cauliflower with dips, and adding vegetables to any dinner.
“The fact is, food is more than just calories. It’s the information our cells need to function, it’s the information our metabolism can use to work efficiently or slowly,” said the mother of two.
“When we eat sugars, fruit juice or refined carbohydrates, it goes straight to the liver, where it starts producing fat, causing insulin resistance and causing chronically elevated insulin levels in the blood, causing the body to store everything, meaning it contains toxicity.”
Belinda (pictured in her 20s and now) is known in fitness circles for having a better body now than when she was in her mid-20s
She added that “real” foods such as vegetables and low-glycemic fruits, healthy fats (nut seeds, avocado, and olives), gluten-free whole grains, legumes, and responsible protein and seafood) give your cells the information they need to function at their best. to function. .
“They improve skin, hair, brain function, mental clarity and immunity,” she said.
‘Good food should not only be about quantity, but above all about quality.’
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