Why You Should Consider Adding Weight Training
Should women weight train? Heck yes! You don’t have to weight train to become “bulky” or “buff;” instead, weight training has been shown to have significant benefits in women.
Firstly, it helps with bone health, especially in perimenopausal and menopausal women. Training with weights and resistance helps maintain bone density, which tends to go down in perimenopausal and menopausal women during the hormonal transition.
Secondly, it helps with overall health by improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin (which helps regulate sugar levels in the blood), lower blood pressure, reduces abdominal fat, and increases cardiovascular health (heart health).
Thirdly, increasing muscle through weight training also improves your metabolism. With more muscle, you’ll be burning more fat and energy at baseline. This helps with the pesky problem of weight gain in and around menopause.
All in all, weight training is a must! As always, talk to your doctor prior to starting any new exercise. In addition, if you’re new to weight training, then it’s important to build up slowly to ensure that your body is adapting appropriately.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi