Why you need strength training

23 Jul

Strength training–weights, push-ups, all of those other exercises that you might associate with jocks–is really important, especially for women. It helps build bone mass, which can prevent osteoporosis. It also builds muscle, which helps you burn more calories, even at rest, which can combat the weight struggles that many PCOS ladies experience.

These are all of the things that you already know.

Why *I* think you should include strength training: it will make you feel great.

Cardiovascular exercise is wonderful, and you need it. But you don’t have to be huffing and puffing every day in order to reap the mood benefits of exercise. I find it easier to do weight training in between cardio days than to do cardio every day, for logistical reasons (I can do strength training with my kids, but the elliptical is in the basement and if they don’t nap, I don’t do it!). As a result, I’ve discovered that strength training blasts the endorphins, even if you only do it for a short time!

If I don’t have time for any other exercise in a day, I always do this: drop down, do as many pushups as you can. Stand back up, do 20 squats, then do pushups again–as many as you can. Go on with your life, feeling better and stronger!

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