Inspiration and info for midlife women who lift—or want to start

Month: December 2022

Dumbbell rack in a weightroom

Over 40? 8 Reasons to Lift Weights

In my 30s, I exercised to look good. In my 50s, to stay fit. In my 70s, to stay ambulatory. In my 80s, to avoid assisted living. Now, in my 90s, I’m just doing it out of pure defiance.

Dick Van Dyke

Let’s face it. Many women, especially those of us over 40, find the idea of lifting weights unfamiliar at best, and scary at worst. 

In general, our culture has not historically encouraged girls and women to get strong. Thankfully, the public perception of strength training for younger women and girls has been evolving at a pretty rapid clip over the past 10-15 years. But lifting doesn’t even occur to most older women—think Gen X and up.

A doctor wraps a woman's injured hand with gauze bandage.

Coping with Injury, Illness, and Other Training Setbacks

Typing these words is an act of defiance. 

The last thing I feel like doing right now is writing. Anything. 

Because, as has happened many other times in my lifting life, I find myself held prisoner by an uncooperative body (thanks, Covid). I can’t train, and it’s upsetting and depressing. 

If you’ve experienced this kind of setback—and nearly everyone has at some point–you know how epically it sucks. Everything’s going your way. You’re feeling strong and poised for big things—only to get shot down by illness or injury and having to start (what feels like) all over again. 

No matter how many times I deal with this, I’m somehow still surprised at how much it messes with my head.

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