We all are well aware that exercise is crucial to maintaining optimal overall health.
Most women tend to prefer aerobic activities if they had to choose their favorite, but there is a different type of exercise that prevents many dangerous diseases in women.
We would be wise to swap out some of our water aerobics time for some strength training.
Don't let the phrase "strength training" scare you off just yet. It's far less intimidating than you think.
In a recent study published in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, it shows that strength-training SIGNIFICANTLY lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
This news is extremely helpful for women, because we tend to avoid strength training more than men.
Strength training isn't just a way for people to stack on bulky muscles - it actually helps to increase bone density, which is incredibly beneficial for women as we age.
Not only that, but it also reduces our body mass index, which helps to improve how our body utilizes insulin.
"Women who reported participating in any amount of strength training were more likely to have a lower BMI (body mass index), more likely to engage in healthy dietary patterns, and less likely to be a current smoker."
Participants who were in this journal study that incorporated both aerobic and strength training into their exercise regimen had a 65% lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes than women who didn't exercise at all.
That's a BIG difference!
Even if the idea of lifting weights makes you feel gross an uncomfortable, the results of the study are enough to encourage you to incorporate a little more strength training into your regimen to protect you in the long run.
Surely that's worth the price of picking up some dumbbells a few times a week, don't you think?