Women can and should lift weights

For those who struggle with their weight, research has found that regular exercise can ameliorate many of the risk factors associated with obesity by making bones stronger, regulating blood sugar and reducing stress. Photograph by: Ted Rhodes

A key part of my weight loss program has been doing resistance training.  This can be floor exercises (where you move your own body weight around), or it can be weight lifting.  Or using resistance bands…

This builds muscle, which burns fat 24/7.  Plus, I find it a lot more fun than doing aerobic exercise on the treadmill (which I still do, though).

Women should do these exercises, too.  Very few women will “bulk up” too much; rather, you’d be more likely to get toned and look more attractive. For women who’ve have breast cancer surgery and then had swelling in the arms, weight lifting improves this!

Check out this workout book on Amazon.  Dr. Roizen used to be my boss; Tracy Hafen used to train me.

Dr. Ellis in the gym; repeated 10-20 times as tolerated

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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