Regular exercise is important across our life span. It helps us develop as we grow. It regulates our weight. It helps maintain muscle mass and strength as we age. It brightens our mood. It gives us energy.

More than ever, post-menopausal women are discovering that weight lifting isn’t only for people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or for the younger generations. More and more gray-haired ladies are pumping iron, and for very good reason. Here’s why:

  1. Maintain Weight. The older we get, the more muscle we lose, and then we tend to put on weight around the middle. Abdominal weight gain is often called heart attack weight because it increases the possibility of heart disease. Sticking to regular physical activity helps to maintain regular weight.
  2. Reduces Cancer Risk. Maintaining regular weight may help protect against a variety of cancers, including those of breast, colon, and endometrial cancers.
  3. Strengthens Bones. Regular exercise, including weight lifting, weight-bearing exercise like brisk walking and running, and some yoga, can slow post-menopausal bone loss and even build bone. This in turn lowers the risk of osteoporosis and fracture.
  4. Reduces Risk of Other Diseases. By maintaining regular weight, you will reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise helps maintain regular weight.
  5. Mood Booster. Regular physical activity lowers your risk of depression and cognitive decline.