After the focus on cardiovascular fitness, we’re waking up to the fact that staying strong is just as vital, especially for women as they get older. Strong muscles don’t just help you look toned, they help keep bones strong, aid balance and help to prevent injury and falls. Muscle mass declines more rapidly after the age of 30 if you’re inactive and post-menopause that loss can accelerate. Anything that challenges muscles will strengthen them – lifting weights, working with resistance bands or exercises like push-ups and sit-ups that use your own body weight. Try a home exercise workout from the NHS fitness studio’s video selection (nhs.uk).