Benefits of strength training for women

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – You may think it’s all about cardio and running on the treadmill, but strength training plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Personal Trainer Elizabeth Lenart, Owner of Powerclean Fitness in East Longmeadow joined us to share more.

Strength training plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The evidence is clear that resistance training can enhance musculoskeletal fitness, resulting in prominent health improvements and
reduced risk of chronic disease and disability (Warburton, Nicol & Bredin 2006). Longitudinal investigations have revealed that women
(and men) with high levels of muscular strength have fewer functional limitations and lower incidences of chronic ailments such as
coronary artery disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and pulmonary disorders (Warburton, Nicol & Bredin 2006). We need to preserve lean muscle tissue.
Women can lose up to 5 pounds of muscle a decade and gain 10 pounds each decade.

Weight Training Will Make You Stronger
A moderate weight training program increases a woman’s strength by 30 to 50 percent. Extra strength will make it easier to accomplish some
daily activities, such as lifting children or groceries.

Your Bones Will Benefit From Weight Training.
By the time you leave high school, you have established all the bone mineral density you’ll ever
have–unless you strength train, according to some studies. Research has found that weight
training can increase spinal bone mineral density by 13 percent in six months.
So strength training is a powerful tool against osteoporosis.

Weight training will reduce risk of diabetes, can help fight heart disease, improves mental health, and will work no matter how old you are!


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