A 50-something fitness expert details her kick-start diet and exercise plan especially designed for aging women in this debut guide.
Even Roemer, an award-winning bodybuilder and personal trainer who created and then sold her own chain of health clubs, wasn’t immune from the effects of aging. “My body had changed irrevocably after 30, and especially after 50,” she notes, with a hysterectomy in her early 50s contributing to being “bloated for the first time in my life.” In this guide, Roemer, 54, outlines an action plan to help others regain vibrancy, drawing on “what has worked for me” to “still stay in shape and take pride in who I am naked—in body, mind and spirit.” She spreads out 1,400 calories over six meals daily within a high-protein, low-carb, and vegetable-focused diet with little to no wheat or gluten and very little added sugar. Her exercise regimen consists of three days of one-hour cardio sessions, three days of targeted weight training (upper body, legs/glutes, and chest, back, and shoulders) with ab/core exercises accompanying all workouts, and one rest day per week. Roemer also sprinkles “Mind/Spirit” tips within her day-by-day chapters, advising readers to grieve, relax, volunteer, and meditate. She often references her own life challenges, including the death of her 19-year-old son in a car accident. The author recommends consulting with a doctor, offers an introduction from her own physician (part of her consulting team for this book), and provides a form to chart one’s progress and a brief reading list. Texas-based Roemer currently works out at Sparta Fitness (its co-owners are credited as consultants), and the term “spartan” certainly applies to this volume. The author’s meal plans are disciplined (only salmon and a small side salad, for example, is one suggestion for dinner) and her weightlifting exercises, which would have benefitted by accompanying illustrations, quite comprehensive. Roemer remains living proof of the strong, beautiful results to be achieved, with a photo of the proudly naked, 5-foot-9-inch, 155-pound author (who dropped nearly 20 pounds on this plan) featured in this manual.
A challenging yet inspiring regimen to get and stay healthy in midlife and beyond.