ResultsWhen Will You See Results? Plus, Answers to More of Your Top Fitness Questions. Read more ... » of a two year study show the benefits of strength training
Women who lift weights twice a week can prevent or at least slow the weight gain common in middle age. This is the finding of a two year study titled The Strong Healthy and Empowered (SHE).
This study followed 164 overweight or obese women from Minnesota who were 24 to 44 years old. Half of the women participated in supervised strengthening classes for 16 weeks, and had booster sessions four times yearly with certified fitnessCIZE and Shakeology: Fun. Nutrition. Results.. Read more ... » professionals. The control group received a brochure recommending 30 minutes to an hour of exerciseIs This the New Celebrity Diet?. Read more ... » most days of the week. Neither group was asked to change their diets while participating in the study.
Women who lifted weights decreased body fatHow to Reduce Body Fat Percentage. Read more ... » percentage by 3.7 percent, while the other group maintained the same body fatHow to get rid of back fat. Read more ... ». However, the changes in intra-abdominal fat, which is closely associated with heart disease and metabolic disturbances, was more pronounced. The women who did strength training had only a 7 percent in intra-abdominal fat increase vs. the 21 percent increase in the controls group.
This study shows that strength training can prevent increases in body fat percentageHow to Reduce Body Fat Percentage. Read more ... » and limit increases in the fat most closely associated with heart disease.