STRENGTH TRAIN­ING

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

Af­ter the fo­cus on car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, we’re wak­ing up to the fact that stay­ing strong is just as vi­tal, es­pe­cially for women as they get older. Strong mus­cles don’t just help you look toned, they help keep bones strong, aid bal­ance and help to pre­vent in­jury and falls. Mus­cle mass de­clines more rapidly af­ter the age of 30 if you’re in­ac­tive and post-menopause that loss can ac­cel­er­ate. Any­thing that chal­lenges mus­cles will strengthen them – lift­ing weights, work­ing with re­sis­tance bands or ex­er­cises like push-ups and sit-ups that use your own body weight. Try a home ex­er­cise workout from the NHS fit­ness stu­dio’s video se­lec­tion (nhs.uk).

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