Style

This Is The Best Exercise For Women's Bodies, According To Doctors

January 4, 2017 by Sara Alderman
shefinds | Style

We all have our go-to exercise that actually makes us enjoy (or at least tolerate) breaking a sweat. Spinning, dancing, kickboxing, and hiking are probably at the top of your list, right? Those are all of the aerobic variety, which is great for speeding up your blow flow and breathe. However, most of us ladies tend to avoid the other type of exercise that’s actually really good for our bodies: strength training.

According to a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, strength training significantly lowers the risk for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers followed about 36,000 older women ranging in age from 47-98 (!) and asked them about their strength training over the past year to inform their results. They then tracked which women got type-2 diabetes or suffered from heart attacks and strokes.

“Women who reported participating in any amount of strength training were more likely to have a lower BMI, more likely to engage in healthy dietary patterns, and less likely to be a current smoker,” Eric J Shiroma, Sc.D., M.Ed wrote.

Researchers also found that the women who said they did any kind of strength training had a 30% lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes and a 17% lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who did nothing.

So if you’re not strength training yet, make sure to definitely add some weight lifting into your routine! You don’t have to legit go to the weight room to work your muscles. Try upping your weights in spin class or going to a pilates class every so often. And don’t worry, you can continue doing your aerobic exercises too. Researchers concluded that doing both types of exercises made the health risks even lower.

While we don’t know yet just how much strength training women should be doing for optimal results, it’s definitely good to at least do some rather than nothing at all.

Don’t forget to check out: the most-searched workout of 2016 and how Kendall Jenner trained for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

[Photo: Shutterstock]

Author:

Sara Alderman has covered topics from fashion to beauty and beyond.

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

Trust Us, This Is The Only Pair Of Jeans You Should Buy For Summer

For die-hard denim fans, giving up jeans for skirts ...

Fashion

CALPAK's First-Ever NYC Pop-Up Shop Is *Definitely* Worth A Visit

No matter if you are jetting off to Europe or ...

Fashion

This $20 Camisole Top Is A Summer Wardrobe Essential--Get Yours ASAP

Trends certainly have their place, but I think your money ...

Fashion

This Is The Nude Bra Every Woman Should Have In Her Lingerie Drawer

White T-shirts are one of my favorite things to ...

Fashion

These $38 White Jeans Really Do Look Good On *Every* Woman

I know there are some women out there that have ...

Fashion

Psst! Get The Perfect White Tee For Summer While It's On Sale For Only $14

One thing you can never have too many of? White ...

Fashion

We Found The Best Denim Shorts Under $35--Stock Up For Summer Now!

One summer essential every woman should have in her closet? ...

beauty

26 Brands That Are Celebrating Pride Month By Giving Back

June is a very exciting month. Not ...

Fashion

Nordstrom Shoppers *Love* This Cute Knit Tank For Summer--It Comes In Sizes XXS-4X

Even on the hottest summer days, a barely-there tank ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS