-Maryanne, 40ys. old
Yes! I can not stress how important weightlifting is as part of a balanced workout program for both men and women. Yoga and Pilates don’t provide enough resistance to build substantial bone or muscle mass. As we age, we naturally lose muscle and bone mass unless we do weight lifting. This process of deterioration begins in our thirties. Weight lifting, however, doesn’t have the stretching benefits of yoga or the core focus of Pilates. Focusing all your efforts on one type of exercise will make you weak in other physical aspects. You may notice, as you age, that your mid-section begins to widen and you become more stiff. These effects are preventable by keeping up with a stretching program, maintaining core strength and a healthy weight. Physical fitness is a use-it or lose-it situation as we age. If you don’t lift weights, you atriphy. If you keep a well-rounded program you will have strong bones, flexibility and at least some resemblance of your girlish figure through your 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.