[Article] “modern women weaker than their grannies”

I would like to preface this blog post that this is an overview of an article recently posted.  You can read the full article on its original website by clicking the link below.

If you’re still not convinced that you should lift weights to be stronger, consider reading this article by Chloe Lambert:

The even weaker sex: Faddy diets and fears that muscles aren’t feminine have left modern women weaker than their grannies

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Image taken from DailyMail.co.uk

According to the article, ” ‘In Western countries such as the UK, U.S. and Canada, muscular strength has hit a plateau and muscular endurance — the ability to repeatedly exert force, such as doing sit-ups — has declined by 8 to 10  per cent since the Eighties,’ says Dr Grant Tomkinson, senior lecturer in health sciences at the University of South Australia, a leading researcher on trends in fitness over time.  It seems our average muscle power peaked in 1985 — since then we’ve increased in weight, but our muscles have got weaker and weaker, especially among women.  Experts say poor muscle strength is to blame for a host of health problems such as osteoporosis and fractures, arthritis and back pain” (Lambert 2013).

Sammy Margo, who is featured in the article, is a London-based physiotherapist ( I think here in the United States, the equivalent would by Physical Therapist) says, “I’m seeing a massive epidemic of weak women who have no muscle strength.  There are skinny women who have no muscles supporting their spine, and overweight ladies who don’t have any muscles under the fat” (Lambert 2013).

Those are a couple of points in the article which stuck out to me.  You can continue reading the whole article by clicking the links either above or below in the references section.

If you haven’t read my previous blog post, “Strong is the new skinny”, click here to check that out to see why you aren’t going to get “jacked” or why you should starting lifting some serious weights, especially if you’re a female athlete.

References:

The even weaker sex: Faddy diets and fears that muscles aren’t feminine have left modern women weaker than their grannies

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