I read a very timely article by the Mayo Clinic that outlines the benefits of strength training. You don’t have to hit the gym for strength training, as exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, leg and abdominal squats can be done in the comfort of your own home. Resistance tubing can be purchased at sporting good stores and provides resistance when stretched.
If you prefer to work out in the gym, you have access to free weights such as barbells and dumbbells, or you can take advantage of the weight machines.
Stressing bones through strength training increases bone density and reduces your risk of osteoporosis. As you build strength your energy will increase, and better muscle tone helps balance in later years when falls are common.
More benefits of strength training for women include reducing pain for chronic conditions such as arthritis and back pain, and improving symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
As always, practice safety first and check with your doctor before beginning any type of strength training program.