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7 Exercises You Need to Try If You're Menopausal

Prevention Logo By Marisa Cohen of Prevention | Slide 1 of 7: "If there's one exercise you should do, it should be lifting heavy weights,” says Vicario.“Weight training not only helps build muscle, it also supports the joints and prevents musculoskeletal issues down the road.” If you've been doing a longer workout with lighter weights, it's time to switch that up, she says. Lifting heavier weights for a shorter period of time is key. If you normally use a 5-pound weight, Vicario says, try doing 12 bicep curls or shoulder presses with 8-pound weights. "You want to get to the point where you think, I can't actually do another rep, and that's when you're going to see positive body adaptations," she says. When your body gets to a point that lifting the weight is easy — usually after about two months — switch to a heavier weight.

1) Weight Training

"If there's one exercise you should do, it should be lifting heavy weights,” says Vicario.“Weight training not only helps build muscle, it also supports the joints and prevents musculoskeletal issues down the road.” If you've been doing a longer workout with lighter weights, it's time to switch that up, she says. Lifting heavier weights for a shorter period of time is key. If you normally use a 5-pound weight, Vicario says, try doing 12 bicep curls or shoulder presses with 8-pound weights. "You want to get to the point where you think, I can't actually do another rep, and that's when you're going to see positive body adaptations," she says. When your body gets to a point that lifting the weight is easy — usually after about two months — switch to a heavier weight.

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