In addition to be stronger and looking fitter, there are other important benefits of strength training for women.

Healthier Bones and Joints – Women who don’t exercise can lose anywhere from 3% to 8% of their muscle mass each decade as a result of inactivity.  Studies show that strength training can promote bone development, reduce lower back pain, and reverse several skeletal muscle aging factors.

Reduced Anxiety – There’s a strong correlation between resistance training and stress reduction/anxiety.  According to research, resistance training at a low to moderate intensity is best for reducing anxiety.

Improved Body Image – Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of resistance training is that it can also help you feel better about yourself.  Strength training is associated with significant improvements in body image, quality of life, physical fitness, and overall well-being.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Heart Association recommend at least 2 days of strength training each week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms.

People over 65 should follow the same guidelines unless a chronic disease (heart disease or lung disease or diabetes) is present.  In these cases, ask your daughter what types and amounts of activities are safe.

Researchers recommend that postmenopausal women do resistance training and weight bearing exercises three days a week on alternating days.

Make strength training a part of your lifestyle and you will experience noticeable results in how you look and feel!