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Why Women Today Are The Weakest Generation Ever

Posted on 23 Jan 2013 at 8:47am

Dig out the dumb bells, women are getting weaker and need to toughen up.

According to new research, our generation of humans isn’t as strong as our parents’ or grandparents’, and it’s more noticeable in women, who may struggle to complete basic physical tasks.

Our muscles have been getting weaker since around 1985, and our weight has been increasing.

But slim and overweight women are equally at risk, as neither has strong muscle supporting the spine. Good muscle tone supports the bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, fractures, arthritis and even general aches and back pain.

“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 eight to 10 per cent since the Eighties,’ says fitness trends researcher Dr Grant Tomkinson, senior lecturer in health sciences at the University of South Australia.

Though Olympians Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton have promoted the idea that girls need to focus more on being strong and fit, instead of aiming for thin, there’s still a worry among young women that too much exercise or weight training will make them look too muscly. (more…)



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