Women, stay stronger as you age by working out with weights or resistance bands to build muscles, strengthens bones and improve balance. Strength training helps prevent health problems like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, back pain and arthritis. Lifting weights also helps you tighten those jiggly trouble spots. Aim to do at least two half-hour strength workouts a week with a day or two to rest between workouts to allow muscles time to recuperate, suggests the National Institutes on Aging. Start with light weights and try to do two sets of 10 to 15 repetitions of each move. If you can’t complete at least eight repetitions of an exercise, try a lighter weight or a resistance band with more give. As you get stronger, increase the weight or resistance.
Posted on Wed, May 4 2016