Benefits of Strength Training for Women
For decades women have been under the impression that lifting weights is bad for them. There are so many myths surrounding strength training and women that a lot of women avoid the weight room.
The truth is that strength training is one of the best things women can do, not only does it improve their health, it can help you gain strength and make doing everyday tasks seem easy.
If you already have an exercise routine that involves strength training that’s great, if you don’t you may want to consider hitting the weight room. Below are 5 reasons why you may want to start lifting weights.
1. Burn more body fat.
Though you will NOT, and I repeat, will NOT bulk up, lean muscle is your body’s best fat burner. The more lean muscle you have the more calories your body will burn. Lean muscle will increase your resting metabolism.
A higher resting metabolism means you will continue to burn more calories throughout the day. With a proper diet in place, a good lifting schedule consisting of a minimum of 3 days a week of weight training, your fat loss will increase.
2. Relieves some arthritis and joint pain.
Weight training has been proven to increase stability in joints by strengthening the connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) as well as the muscle tissue that surround the joints. Increased muscle is also suspected to act as a shock absorber in the joint, and that pressure that is taken off the joint and placed onto the muscle helps relieve joint pressure pain.
3. Bone strength and health.
Lifting weights requires your skeletal system to support excess weight. That load bearing will signal your body to make your bones denser and stronger. Stronger bones will help protect you as you age from things like osteoarthritis.
Though all bones in the skeletal system will respond, it has been shown that vertebral bones will respond quickest. The added benefit to your bone health is the excess calcium that your body will release to aid in the new modeling of your skeletal system.
4. Fights depression.
Weight training, much like cardiovascular training, will release chemicals such as endorphins into your system which will enhance your mood. You may also get a feeling of accomplishment, especially after finishing an unusually rough workout, or even doing a workout on a day you didn’t feel like it but knew you had to get it done.
5. Increased confidence.
Weight training will increase your functional strength and fitness. You will find things easier to carry or move and in a more secure manner. The new control over things in your world will help reduce injury as well.
Lifting weights can help not only lose weight and increase your strength there are many health benefits associated with strength training, so if you do decide to join a gym don’t forget to hit the weight room.