Post-menopausal women lose up to 2% of bone density each year. Strength training can actually restore the bone density and counteract this loss. This reduces the risk of falls and injuries and helps our balance! Exercise stimulates growth of osteoclasts and osteoblasts, which lowers the risk of bone fractures.
2. Relieves pain from arthritis
Moving our bodies can actually help lessen the pain and stiffness of arthritis. By strengthening the surrounding muscles of the aching joint, it takes the pressure off. It can also reduce joint inflammation and makes the joints more lubricant (which will help with the pain and stiffness). Decreases the chance of chronic diseases: Illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer and hypertension can be protected by physical activity. If you already have one of these diseases, exercise can minimise the symptoms!
3. Makes us happy!
Exercise improves our mood! Through exercise, we can increase relaxation, ease anxiety and depression symptoms, and create an overall sense of wellbeing. Exercise produces endorphins (the ‘feel good’ hormone), which acts as a stress reliever! Physical activity can also improve our sleep, which is particularly important for older women who suffer from insomnia or disrupted sleep.