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MODERN WOMEN............This may be dangerous to your health!

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Lifting heavy weights is not inherently dangerous, as long as you are lifting an appropriate weight for your health and strength and you use correct lifting technique. 

Lifting can help women add muscle mass, leading to a higher metabolism and help to prevent weight gain. It's also critical for women who are trying to lose weight since it prevents muscle loss and ensures the weight you do lose is fat. There are many benefits of safe, appropriate weightlifting for healthy women who are not pregnant. 

Should be Fun as an Exercise
Lifting weights at a comfortable level that does not cause you pain or discomfort is beneficial in terms of promoting bone and skeletal health and in reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Women are at a generally greater risk for osteoporosis -- a bone-thinning condition -- than men. Additionally, weightlifting can reduce your risk of depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or high cholesterol.

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During pregnancy, women are typically advised not to lift heavy weights or objects. An article in the September 1997 issue of "Medical Anthropology Quarterly" drew a link between the heavy physical work undertaken by women in modern Albania and the relatively high rates of miscarriage, premature labor and perinatal death among this population. Specifically, the need to lift heavy weights during the course of the work day was singled out as dangerous for a pregnant woman.

Other Medical Factors
Certain other health conditions or diseases may make it less safe or unsafe for you to lift heavy weights, whether you are male or female. Examples include the common bleeding disorder von Willebrand disease or VWD, hernia, recent surgery -- including a recent hysterectomy -- arthritis, any kind of orthopaedic injury, skeletal problems or high blood pressure. The elderly are less likely to be able to lift heavy weights safely because of the increased risk of bone weakness.

Safe Weightlifting
Whether you are male or female, it is important to follow safe weight-lifting protocol in order to minimize your risk of injury. It's important to lift weights that are appropriately heavy -- a good starting point is a weight you can lift between 12 and 15 times without discomfort. Use correct form in your lifting, remember to breathe, and wear shoes with a good degree of traction to avoid slipping.

Research Finding:

This study evaluated the remote effects of carrying and moving heavy loads on the reproductive system and maternal function of female workers. 364 married women employed in various types of occupation involving carrying and moving different weights were subjects inducted in this study. 

The workers were divided into light load group (less than 20 kg) and heavy load group (greater than 20 kg) according to weight carried by workers at each time. 267 married sales women who worked in standing posture and 183 married art and craft factory workers who worked in sitting posture were selected as control. Histories of menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth among the workers were recorded. 

The results showed that no significant difference of prevalence of disturbances of menstruation between weight carrying and control groups was found. However, there was a tendency to increasing of prevalence of pelvic infection with the weight carrying group, by gynecological examination. The incidence of premature birth in the heavy load group (7.0%) was higher than that of the light load group (3.4%) as well as that of the art workers, but they are not statistically significant. The position of uterine cervix was lower in the heavy load group by measuring the distances of cervix to edge of vaginal membrane.

You should seek advice from a fitness professional in starting a weightlifting schedule, and ask your doctor whether you have any health issues that could make weight lifting dangerous for you.

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