Bone Health After Menopause: Should Women Really Undergo Strength Training?

Bone Health After Menopause: Should Women Really Undergo Strength Training?

Strength training is always looked down upon by women, especially the ones who are nearing menopause. “Strength training is for men” is a common notion that women in their 40s and 50s have but this is completely a myth.

But the fact is that strength training is important for men and women, especially those who are already experiencing menopause. Lack of strength training may negatively affect your health. It may impact muscle mass, bone health, and the ability to fight a disease or illness.

Overall, osteoporosis brings a lot of changes in a woman’s body. A sharp decline in estrogen levels is one of the notable changes. Fall in estrogen levels is directly related to the development of osteoporosis in women, which is characterized by bone loss.

The bone loss is so severe in menopausal women that even a minor fall or strain may cause a fracture. In such a scenario, strength training proves to be a real savior.

According to the leading orthopedic experts, strength training for women is extremely critical. It helps maintain optimum bone mineral density.

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Benefits Of Strength Training In Women

  • Increase in bone density
  • Increase in muscle mass
  • Improvement in quality of life
  • Helps maintain body weight
  • Increase in strength of ligaments
  • Decrease in risk of injuries due to fall or strain

In fact, doctors advise strength and resistance training to women with osteoporosis and osteopenia. The latter is the less severe form of osteoporosis.

Last modified on blank at Oct 08, 2019

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Vijita

With over 14 years of experience. Dr. Vijita Jayan is an extremely competent, skilled & revered Senior Neuro Physiotherapist. She holds an impeccable academic record and extensive experience in the field of neuro-rehabilitation. She is renowned for handling mobility-dependent cases. She is also an avid writer of several published articles & research papers. Being awarded several accolades in her career, she is considered one of the leading names In the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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