Weight Training For Women

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Weight training for women has so many advantages that it's amazing we're not all at the gym all the time. Weight training makes our bodies more beautiful, yes, by improving muscle tone and losing fat. But that's only the beginning of its benefits: weight training also adds strength, reduces pain, improves our heart and mental health, and ultimately, may add years to our lives.

All women can benefit from weight training programs. Whether you're 17 or 70, your looks and quality of life can be improved by a regular weight training regimen. In fact, some of the most compelling reasons for strength training are the benefits most appreciated by women over 50.

Weight Training for Women: Building Health

Studies show that even moderate weight training increases strength up to 50 percent, which can dramatically reduce risk of injury. In addition to building muscle, weight training also builds stronger joints and connective tissue. This means that even as you are reducing your risk for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, you are building a stronger, more pain-free skeletal and muscular system.

Further benefits are reputed to include improved cardiovascular health, increased resistance to adult-onset diabetes, and a more positive outlook. Even more impressive is evidence that it's never too late to start. The bottom line is that weight training is an important addition to every woman's workout. Talk to your doctor or fitness professional about what type of weight training would best benefit you.

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