Q: “I am a 47-year-old woman, I weigh 155 pounds, and I am very physically active. Currently, I do more cardio than strength training. How many times a week should I be doing strength training?”
Answer from Mike Boggs, BS, MBA, CSCS (certified strength-conditioning specialist), fitness specialist, Providence Fitness Services:
Every adult, whether female or male, young and old, should perform some type of strength training at least twice a week. As a woman in her 40s, you are at an age where it can really make a difference in your health and your life – not only now, but also in the decades to come.
Just as aerobic exercise is crucial to your cardiovascular fitness, strength training is the key to muscle strength and balance. Here are just a few ways that regular strength training can benefit you as you head into your 50s and beyond:
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