I talked recently about my love for sci-fi movies, but I left out one important reason. Sure, drooling, double-jawed space aliens bursting out of people’s bodies are hard to top, but my fixation goes beyond the obvious.
Hint: It has to do with zero gravity.
Zero gravity equals zero pounds.
Zero pounds means in space you weigh NOTHING!
All those years spent cutting out chocolate and ice cream in an effort to get the scale to register a single pound drop and here you go — instant loss of your entire body weight!
And all you need to do is get launched into space. Sounds like a small price to pay.
Plus… I’m guessing the weightless situation also means your joints won’t hurt, either.
What? No weight gain AND no joint pain?
You know where I’m going with this, right?
Yes — ROADTRIP!!! SIGN. ME. UP.
What woman over 50 doesn’t want to lose her entire body weight AND get rid of joint pain in one fell swoop?
No one in her right mind, that’s who.
Of course there’s that little problem of weightlessness and bone loss, which drops like a rock without gravity, but hey, nothing’s perfect.
So by the time you splash down back on earth you’ll be flopping around like a boneless fish, but you’ll be pain free and won’t care.
And you also gain back all your body weight and an extra 50 pounds because calories DO count in space, even if you can’t measure the effects.
Okay, so maybe I need to think this through some more, but I think it has potential: Ageless After 50 Women in Space!
You heard it here first, people.
In the meantime, here on earth, we deal everyday with gravity, the arch nemesis of every muscle in our bodies and face. We willingly deal with it only because getting shot into outer space is still cost prohibitive for most of us.
At least for now.
So what can we do to defend ourselves?
Say it with me: weight training! Hoisting, lifting, and curling heavy things can’t be beat for fending off gravity’s evil ways.
Since gravity’s effects hit us all over, unless you spend most of your time hanging upside down like a vampire bat, you need a total body workout plan.
Besides, bats don’t care about their glutes or, even less, their inner thighs. In fact, I doubt they have inner thighs.
Regardless. It’s a concern for us.
Which is why I’m including two of my favorite inner and outer thigh exercises, which can be done even if you have knee pain like me:
INNER THIGH lifts
This may be done using your own body weight and no added resistance, or using a weighted bar, as I’m doing in the video, or ankle weights. If you have knee pain, however, I suggest attaching the ankle weight just ABOVE the knee joint to lessen the stress on it. (You can also rest a dumbbell on your inner thigh as you do the reps, but that’s a bit more awkward.)
- Lie on your side with your hand in front of your body, bottom leg out straight.
- Bend your top leg and place it over in front of the straight leg.
- Keeping your core and abs engaged, slowly lift your straight leg up and off the ground a few inches; lower it to starting position without resting it and repeat for 12 to 15 reps. Switch sides. Complete 2 to 3 sets per side.
Here I’m using a 9-lb weighted bar for added resistance. Same steps apply.
OUTER THIGH & glute buster
I filmed this awhile back, when my knees were in better shape. So the tubing is wrapped around my ankles in this video; I would do this with tubing above my knees now (oh, for the good old days…)
- Wrap and secure fitness tubing loop around ankles or above the knee (never on the joint!).
- Stand in a modified squat, knees slightly bent, abs engaged; start the exercise with resistance on the tubing.
- Perform a side-to-side walk by bringing one foot out sideways and follow with the other, making sure to maintain resistance at all times until you’re finished with the set.
- Step out approx 20 steps (or as room allows) and then reverse direction.
- After you work both hips, lean into the wall or a sturdy object and perform hip extensions: Stand on one leg and slowly “kick” your opposite leg back and up towards the ceiling, squeezing your glutes at the top. Repeat 12 to 15 times; switch legs. Do 2 to 3 sets on each leg.
(Buy tubing from Amazon HERE; start with either light or medium resistance.)
YOUR TURN! Are these trouble spots for you as well? Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more exercises like this.
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As part of the “festivities” for my Army members, I’m conducting a 10-Day Midsummer Challenge starting Monday. If you’re a member of my Ageless After 50 Facebook group you’ll have access to a mini version, a fun 5-Day Midsummer Challenge, for free and totally worth doing. Either way, won’t you join us? For the 5-day mini Facebook challenge check it out and join the group HERE.
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Until next time…
Your Ageless Body Coach,