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Cardiovascular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but strength training for women is especially important. Studies have shown that working out with weights twice a week improves bone density in women later in adulthood (when they are at risk for osteoporosis) if they strength train consistently over time. You don't need to lift heavy weights, either. Just one to three sets of 10-15 repetitions that feel moderately difficult will make a difference.
Make strength training part of your workout routine and you'll not only build your bones, you'll also reap these benefits: