X
X

Enter to win a hair treatment from Moroccanoil!

*By entering to win, you agree to receive future emails from Moroccanoil and SheFinds.

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]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fitness

I Worked Out In Good American's New Activewear--Here's What I Thought

August 17, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Is it worth the $?

Style

Frank And Oak Just Released An Amazing New Under-$100 Denim Collection

August 17, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Don't miss this.

Style

This Super Affordable Sheath Dress From Nordstrom Looks Good On Every Woman

August 16, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Get one in every color.

Fashion

Lord & Taylor Never Has Sales Like THIS—Get Up To 50% Off RIGHT NOW!

August 16, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You're welcome!

Fashion

This New Lace Bra Is SO Comfortable It Already Has A 5-Star Review

August 16, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
And it's sexy!

Style

Every Woman Should Own This $29 Date Night Dress--It's Comfortable And Cute

August 15, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Don't think twice.

Fashion

12 Easy Sunday Brunch Outfits That Are Totally Worth Instagramming

August 15, 2018 by Ella Cajayon
Drink your mimosas in style.

Fashion

These Flats Look Super Expensive—But Only Cost $25 At Target!

August 15, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We'll take every pair!

Style

SheFinds The Best: These Are The Best Lace Bralettes

August 14, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Buy them all!

Fashion

The Super Affordable Shoes Everyone Will Be Wearing This Fall

August 14, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Who's ready for fall?

Fashion

We Found The Most Flattering Nordstrom Dresses For Under $30

August 14, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We want them all!
LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS