Lifting Weights & Menopause

Weight training during pre and post menopause is an excellent way for women to get in shape, or stay in shape. It also helps with some major concerns many women have about their bodies during this transition – such as weight gain and loss of bone density.

One of the main reasons lifting weights is beneficial for women during or after menopause is because it helps improve bone density. When you lift weights, you force not only your muscles but also your bones to work. One of the most important things to remember when lifting weights during menopause is to engage in activities that work groups of muscles instead of isolating muscles. You can divide sections of your workout to legs, chest, back muscles. This will also help you get the most of your workout by helping you burn fat faster, which is a key advantage to women concerned about their expanding waistlines. Also, consider working your abs, being careful not to strain your neck while doing them.

Another important thing to note is to switch up your routine with different weight-bearing exercises especially if you are someone who gets a little bored with exercising. Weight-bearing means anything that puts pressure on your skeletal system. The more you move, the more fat you lose.

Lifting weights can be a challenging activity for some, so make sure you have a “spotter” on hand, i.e. a personal trainer. Alternate muscles groups every day so that your muscles have time to rebuild and repair themselves after a workout.

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