Summary of Women
Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts
Women exhibit several anatomic and physiologic characteristics that distinguish their responses to exercise from those of men. Women are smaller than men, have less muscle mass, and more fat mass for a given body size. Blood volume, stroke volume, and cardiac output are all lower in women than in men.
Research has started to uncover some differences (most of these differences are partially mediated by a higher estrogen concentration in females).
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Frequently Asked Questions and Articles on Women
I am a female. Will lifting heavy weights make me bulky?
While lifting weights will increase muscle, the rate is slow enough and androgens limited enough to not make you appear too 'bulky'.
What supplement or food changes are recommended for pregnant or expecting women?
Will my breasts shrink with weight loss?
As a female, does orgasm affect my health?
Do oral contraceptives affect a woman's metabolism?
Can I take something to alleviate premenstrual symptoms?
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