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 at Oct 08, 2019

Guneet Bhatia

Guneet Bhatia is an avid reader, healthcare writer, and is currently Director of Patient Care Department, MediGence. She has also been featured on many prominent Healthcare portals such as IBTimes, HCIT Expert, Clinician Today.

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