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As we grow older, sticking to a regular regime of moderate exercise has a host of health benefits _ and it's never too late to start

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Our bodies undergo dramatic changes as we get older. It can be relatively simple for a woman in her 20s to lose a few kilogrammes. But when she hits her 30s, the weight doesn't come off quite as easily as it used to, and slimming down can get even more challenging once she enters her 40s. 

Weight training is an indispensable part of exercise programmes for women. PHOTO iStockphoto / Thinkstock

"Our bodies start to age from the time we enter puberty," explained Asst Prof Pasakorn Watanatada, a specialist in sports medicine and human-motion analysis at Bangkok's Samitivej Hospital. "And when we hit the big three-oh, the amount of lean muscle gradually decreases, but body fat increases, while our metabolism rate progressively drops. So, as we get older, we can often find it hard to lose weight or even to keep fit."

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