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Three reasons women should lift weights

  • Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
  • Published Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 12 a.m.

Despite studies supporting the benefits of strength training, many women still opt for cardio over weight training. Here are a few reasons why women should strength train at least two or three times a week, from Prevention magazine.

• You can do it anytime, anywhere.

Using your own body weight by doing pushups, planks, chair dips, squats and pull-ups is enough to tone and strengthen your entire body. Bonus: You can do it indoors, which means you don’t have to fight the cold, freezing temps of winter or the scorching heat of summer.

• You’ll blast loads of calories.

Plyometric strength moves (like squat jumps and burpees) and kettlebell workouts skyrocket your heart rate, which boosts the calorie burn of regular strength training routines. These types of workouts give you cardio, strength and sculpting all in one, which is a great time saver.

• Your metabolism will soar.

As women age, they naturally lose muscle mass. This causes your metabolism to slow, which means you could start building that spare tire by the time you reach your 30s.

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