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Weight lifting is not just for men

Weight lifting is not just for men

Weight Lifting Does Not Have To Be A “Testosterone” Filled Environment Here at 50/50 there are more women strength training now than ever before. The days of only attending aerobics, jogging on treadmills, and lifting pink 3lb dumbbells are long and gone.
 
In general, most women at any age loathes strength training. While about half do the recommended amount of aerobic activity each week, only 20% also do the muscle-strengthening exercises of weight training. Yet the research has concluded the benefits, from bone protection to disease prevention, and it appears to have some special benefits to women.
 
Weight lifting builds muscle and is the only kind of exercise that increases lean muscle mass. And one of the very few ways to make bones denser, a benefit especially important for women of all ages. Over time, bone gets less dense and more brittle and prone to osteoporosis, a condition that affects many women. Women have smaller, thinner bones than men from the start, and after menopause women lose estrogen, a hormone that protects bones. There are a host of other benefits reducing risk factors for several diseases. Weight training increases lean muscle mass, which increases your metabolism making the body more durable against many diseases. Not to mention making it easier to change body composition, for those looking to reduce body fat.

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