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Title: 'Shape-Shifting': The Bane of Women Everywhere Word Count: 354 Summary: "Shape-shifting" is something most women know about all too well. As t he years pile on, so do unwanted po unds that--even among those who rem ain relatively slim--can literally change the body's contours. Keywords: 'Shape-Shifting': The Bane of Women Everywhere Article Body: "Shape-shifting" is something most women know about all too well. As t he years pile on, so do unwanted po unds that-even among those who rema in relatively slim-can literally ch ange the body's contours. "One may go from an hourglass to mo re of a shot glass," says Dr. Pamel a Peeke, a clinical assistant profe ssor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, bes t-selling author and creator of the "Body For Life For Women Workout" DVD (rodale store.com). "Aging grac efully is all a matter of girth con trol." Not to mention understanding women's hormones. It's Peeke's assertion that recogni zing what she calls "women's unique hormonal hard-wiring" is key to ac hieving and maintaining a peak body for life. There are four hormonal milestones involved: • Teens and Twenties. This is when estrogen production rises. Wo men who were skinny teens may sudde nly find weight going to their brea sts, hips and thighs. This is the t ime to build a strong fitness found ation that can last the rest of you r life. It's also a good time to bu ild muscle tone and minimize body f at changes. • The Reproductive Years. Sci ence shows that if you enter pregna ncy healthy and fit, you'll have a healthier nine months and a healthi er baby. Whether you have children or not, this is the time when your metabolism begins to slow down. Dur ing this period, you should add res istance training-weights-to keep yo ur metabolism as hot as you can. • The Forties. This is a time of shape-shifting. Fluctuating est rogen and progesterone levels lead to a three- to five-pound potbelly, or menopot, for many women-on top of which toxic stress levels boost your food cravings. You need to reg roup, ramp up your physical activit y, examine your lifestyle and put t hings into balance. • Menopause. Once you've reac hed this milestone, it's important to exercise the mind and body so th at you stay sharp and keep fit. Kee p learning. Make the effort to add resistance training and cardio-revv ing walks every day. Your goal is t o live a long and indepen-dent life by taking good care of yourself. Whether you're 20 or 50, Dr. Peeke' s new DVD, "Body For Life For Women Workout," can help you.
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