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i am a proponent of strength training for women and I benefits of building muscle. Since October 2017 I have moved from 10lb to 15lb to 20lb and now 25lbs kettlebell. My dumbbell weights have increased from 5lbs to 8lbs to 10lbs to 15lbs. I will add a medicine ball in a few weeks. There are a number of exercises that target the upper and lower body on YouTube. I try to increase my weights within a reasonable amount of time as I get stronger.
BENEFITS OF EXERCISING DURING MENOPAUSE
As I get closer to 50, I believe exercising consistently is helping with some of the changes to my body. One thing I noticed was the start of night sweats so I started taking Vitamin E after consulting with my physician assistant.
PHYSICAL CHANGES TO BREASTS
One of the physical changes for women as we age are changes to our breasts.
I found some excellent tips from the article, “Uplifting Solutions for Breast Sagging” by Jill Cortez (email@example.com) related to menopause and strength training. The information in the article is provided by Dr. Manish Shah, MD a board-certified Denver, Colorado plastic surgeon, and Vince Sant, a Certified Fitness Trainer and Co-Founder of V Shred.com
When perimenopause begins usually in the mid-’40s, you really want to revamp your diet and have a look at organ function and get a hormone test. “Drops in estrogen, a natural occurrence during menopause reduces collagen in skin tissue. Some supplements or phytoestrogens that boost estrogen levels naturally can have a positive effect on breast shape. However, this is certainly something to discuss with a specialist,” explains Dr. Shah.
Pump Up with weights or resistance training.“A lot of women focus on their lower body when exercising. While this is great to blast cellulite and keep the thighs, legs, and butt shapely and strong, the upper body can’t be neglected. Doing various exercises using 5 -10-pound weights that strengthen and tone pectoral muscles (the muscles under the breasts) shoulders and back are key for preventing breast sagging,” says Vince San