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April 30, 2008 at 4:39 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Who Should Consider Weight Training?

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Weight training is a great way to get in shape and improve muscle and bone mass. Mixing weight training with other forms of exercise, such as aerobic exercise can have the best results on the body.

Weight Training Benefits for Women

  • Pregnant women. If started before becoming pregnant it helps the body to adapt to the physical changes the body goes through. It also allows the body to continue the strength/weight training while pregnant. If people want to start weight training while pregnant, it is best to use lighter weights and start out slowly. It is best to consult a doctor before beginning.
  • Menopausal women. Once a woman goes through menopause, the risk of osteoporosis highly increases, especially with the older a woman gets. Weight training naturally increases a woman's bone density. If a woman already has osteoporosis and then begins weight training, the affects of osteoporosis are lessened.

Women who go through menopause typically are fatigued and have trouble sleeping. Weight training can boost energy throughout the day for anyone who performs it. Weight training also helps people to sleep better at night, without waking up. People get more restful sleep when they participate in weight training throughout the day or week. For women who are menopausal, long term weight training can help to build more active forms of bone and muscle strengthening growth hormones.

Weight Training for Weight Loss

Weight training may be perfect for people that want to lose weight. Any type of physical activity helps a person to lose weight. Exercising two to three times a week with weights helps burn extra calories, especially the more it is done. When more muscle is built it helps to burn more fat and speeds up a person's metabolism. Once the metabolism is increased, it will continue to be faster as long as regular physical activity and/or weight training is continued.

Weight Training for People with Chronic Disorders

  • Diabetics. Weight training can improve overall glucose control, comparably to the medications prescribed for diabetes. People who participate in weight training get stronger, gain muscle, lose body fat, have less depression and feel more self-confident.
  • People with arthritis. There was a study that showed that people with arthritis who did some weight training were able to relieve some of their pain. Some people reported that the benefits were similar to those of arthritis medications.

Consult a Professional

It is always best to consult a physician before starting any form or workout to determine what is best for your body. Different types of exercise may not be the best for each individual person. Weight training may not be right for everyone. Only a doctor or physical trainer can determine that. If it is too much of a risk for people, it will not be recommended. Weight training if done properly has many benefits for many people. The muscles that are conditioned in weight training are essential and it is important to keep them in proper movement as a person gets older. If the muscles are not used, they may be lost and more difficult to get back.

Sources: http://health.discovery.com/centers/mens/articles/weightlifting.html

http://weighttraining.about.com/od/weighttrainingforgroups/a/pregnancy.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strength-training/HQ01710

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20061201/women-helped-by-weight-training

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