Weights training - 8 ways to stay fit for life - Women's Health & Fitness

6. Try weight training

Long-term fitness requires strength. To maximise strength over time, weight (resistance) training is paramount.

"Weight-training will not cause you to ‘bulk up,’" Carver stresses.

"Women lack the testosterone necessary for massive muscle growth – female body builders rely on supplements to achieve their bulk."

Lifting weights can however, increase strength and bone density (vital in preventing osteoporosis) exponentially, on the outside it shows only as improved muscle tone. "This is best achieved through multiple repetitions of a medium weight."

But don’t restrict your resistance training to lifting weights – any activity that involves muscle use, such as ball sports, swimming and Pilates counts. "You are considered a healthy strength if you can lift your own body weight. Can you do a chin up?"