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Women and Strength Training

A short list of stellar reasons why it's important for women to hit the weight room.

1. Lose body fat.

As lean muscle mass increases, so do your resting metabolism, meaning you burn more calories all day. For each pound of muscle you gain, you may burn up to 35 to 50 more calories daily.

2. Decrease your risk of osteoporosis.

Weight training can increase bone mineral density, and adequate amounts of dietary calcium can be a women's best defense against osteoporosis.

3. You will be physically stronger.

Increasing your strength will make you less dependent upon others. As strength increases, daily tasks and routine movements of life will stay / become easier and less likely to cause you issues.

4. Reduce your risk of injury, back pain, and arthritis.

Strength training builds not only stronger muscles but also stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability. This acts as reinforcement for the joints and helps prevent injury.

5. Reduce your risk of heart disease.

Strength training improves cardiovascular health by lowering bad cholesterol, increasing your good cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.

6. Strength training has no age.

Women in their 60s, 70s and 80s have gained significant strength through weight training, and studies show that strength improvements are possible at any age.

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