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Why Women Don't Lift Weights - But Should - Article # 3


Friday, October 26, 2012

This is the third article I have read, and reviewed this week for my team challenge. I chose this article because I am trying to add more strength training with weights to my weekly routine.
The article explains the benefits of women lifting weights for as little as 20 minutes a week. The advantages include improved in muscle tone and strength as well as fighting the aging process and maintaining lean muscle. The article also claims that women who regularly exercise with weights have higher self-esteem, better immune system. Weight training reduces blood pressure, fights arthritis, strengthens bones, and helps the body process sugar more efficiently, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes. Building muscle mass will help your body burn more calories by boosting your metabolism. Wow, I am going to seriously start lifting more weights.
The article goes on to say the despite all these benefits many women have misconceptions about lifting weights. Common excuses are being afraid to bulk up or gain weight, looking foolish, and afraid of being injured. All these common beliefs are dispelled. This article is worth reading if you are at all interested in adding weights to your work out routine.

You can find this article here:
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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PROUD-GRANDMA 10/26/2012 11:45PM

    Great information. Thanks!

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WINNINGBATTLE 10/26/2012 7:57PM

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MJ7DM33 10/26/2012 4:48PM

  Knowledge is power! emoticon

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/26/2012 3:42PM

    Weights add the definition to your arms- Batwing eliminator! I'm a total convert. At first it was really boring, well it still is but I've found a way to entertain myself. 1. At the gym I mix up the machines and go at least 2 times either after swim class or while my son has his swimming lesson. 2. I use the Spark workout generator and turn my computer monitor toward the tv. Then I do the workout while I catch up on my shows. Works great until the sweat starts dripping in my eyes or I forget what # rep I'm on!
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LINDAKAY228 10/26/2012 11:01AM

    Great information! Thanks for sharing this article.

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REFFIE1 10/26/2012 10:54AM

    I do strength training in a personal group training class twice a week and it has made a huge difference in my life. First, it is so wonderful to be older yet stronger. I find I can hoist grocery bags and just lift things in general much more easily. Also, my balance and posture has really improved. I can stand up straight with ease now because my core is much stronger. I highly recommend weight and strength training especially as you age when balance and bone breakage can be issues. emoticon I hope you will pursue this. Thanks for spreading the spark by sharing the article with everyone.


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ANDY_54 10/26/2012 9:35AM

    It's especially important for those of us (ahem) into menopause--it keeps muscle mass and strengthens bone density. This is good stuff you have here, thanks for posting it and am going to find the article now! Have a great weekend!

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JUSTLYN1964 10/26/2012 8:15AM

  Lifting weights is my most favourite part of working out... I LOVE the burn I get to feel and I'm more aware of the different muscles I'm working out... and then there are the end results! emoticon

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AJB121299 10/26/2012 8:09AM

    nice

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