I have been working out with weights at home to build muscle and strength which is good for my body. I am feeling stronger and fitter which is improving my overall health. Do other mums work with weights?

Posted anonymously, 30th June 2016

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  • I do. Only little ones. A Dr recommended I build up my muscles to support by bones, reducing pressure on my joints, as I suffer from arthritis. But also, muscle continues to burn fat even when resting. It increases your metabolism which increases your fat burning capabilities


  • Weight training is so beneficial to overall health. Your immune system is boosted by any increase in muscle mass, your metabolism is dictated by your muscle mass so building muscle burns more fat. Forget doing light weights. We are all women here and maintaining bone density is so important as we age. Get yourself an amazing trainer who will teach you how to use heavy free weights and help you with a program. I initially trained twice a week, leg day and arm day. I then started training alone and did leg, arms and a dedicated back day alone at the local gym. I can deadlift up to 75kg alone with proper form but I need my hands strapped to the barbell to lift heavier, this is the kind of weight you should me aiming to lift. I had 3 monthly dexa body composition scan to track my muscle gains and fat loss. Dexa is most commonly used to measure bone density. My bone mineral density increased in the first three months from a t score of 3 to a t score of 4! I hardly ever catch any bugs going around. I’m currently 32w pregnant and everyone at home and work has been sick. They keep picking everything up and I succumbed to their germs once with a cold that lasted a few days. They’re still getting over theirs weeks later and they say being pregnant weakens your immune system. Another benefit I experienced was I had weekly osteo prior to weight lifting. I often had migraines brought on by back and next issues. After a couple of months of lifting I never saw my osteo again.


  • Well done for taking care of your health. I have good intentions but never get around to working out with weights. No time to start but the present. Thanks for the inspiration.


  • I was told it also helps to maintain bone density.


  • Absolutely. As you get older it is really really REALLY important to work on your muscles adding ‘resistance’ to help prevent decline and wasting. I’ve read that doing weights a couple of times a week is beneficial (and you don’t get more benefit by doing it 3 times). And it isn’t all upper body either. You can count things like climbing stairs as ‘resistance’ just using your own body weight, or use an elastic rope to add resistance to leg swings etc.. Always best to start comfortable and build up adding more weight as you adjust. It only takes a few weeks to see some difference!


  • I probably should, but it’s another thing I haven’t focused on yet.


  • Sorry I don’t but my husband does!


  • I actually bought some weights in Kmart time ago. 1 kg each. I use them while doing steps with the WiiFit and I think they are really helping.

    • I bought the same weights! They are perfect and easy to hold. Good on you!

      • Thanks. You too! :-) And in Kmart I love the fact that the price for all these products is really cheap.

      • I know! I did a price check! Such a bargain!


  • Good on you for working out,l am planning to do so the winter weight doesn’t pile on!


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