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Do you strength train?

I never used to. For a long time, I was into running and yoga and it's only been in recent years that I've appreciated the benefits of adding strength to my regular exercise routine. Read on if you're yet to be converted. If you add weight to your training - be that dumbbells, kettlebells or your own bodyweight - you are working on improving your strength. And boy, do mums need to be strong: to carry their children, lift the car seat, put the buggy in the trunk or to simply carry grocery bags.

Strength training is good for many reasons: it strengthens your bones (even more important as we age), it helps you maintain a healthy weight, it reduces the chance of injury and improves your balance and posture. It also raises your resting metabolism so you'll be burning calories after the training session has ended. Finally, it can improve your cardio; think of a runner who is quad dominant - add a weighted deadlift and the hamstrings and glutes become stronger to better balance out the body. Try to incorporate two strength sessions per week, working through all the muscle groups. Remember that strength training requires rest days as the muscles and tissues need time to recover and come back stronger. Eating extra protein will also help to build those muscles. We start losing lean muscle mass from the age of 30. Once we hit menopause, which brings with it a drop in oestrogen, protecting our bone, joint and muscle health becomes even more important. And once we hit grandma's age, preventing falls and breakages can be done by keeping the body strong. Tell me your favourite strength exercise 💪

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