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Over the last few years, researchers have made very compelling arguments about the benefits of weight training for women and all those who are over the age of forty.


Females and Resistance Training


The advantages of weight training for women and those over the age of forty far outweigh the choice of only doing cardio. Over the last few years, researchers have made very compelling arguments about the benefits of weight training for women and all those who are over the age of forty.


Most women who exercise spend most of their gym time on cardiovascular exercises, and less time using resistance training equipment that challenges their muscles.


The average female tends to have more body fat, less muscle, and have a lower body weight than the average male. Women may also refrain from resistance training due to the negative social stigma that lifting weights results in “bulking” muscles. However, resistance training for women can not only improve their overall fitness levels but can also reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.


It appears that most males are stronger than females. However, males and females both have the same muscle "quality." This means that muscle strength is not sex-specific. Therefore, women should implement a fitness plan according to their personal goals (Senter, Apelle & Behera, 2013).


Women are highly encouraged to participate in resistance training but should consider consulting a fitness professional beforehand. Consulting a professional allows for the addressing of any individual risks, and teaches women how to put a comprehensive plan together into best reach their goals, and also to decrease the risk for injury.


Reference:


Senter, C., Appelle, N., & Behera, S. K. (2013). Prescribing exercise for women. Current reviews in musculoskeletal medicine, 6(2), 164-172.


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