Strength training is truly for everyone, including athletes, librarians, engineers, seniors. Unfortunately, many women don’t bother to perform strength training unless they are athletes or chasing a fitness goal. That is unfortunate because even if you are not looking to dominate the playing field or build bigger muscles, there are a lot of great health-related reasons for strength training regularly. Strength training doesn’t only help you get stronger; it also makes you look good and feel better. Here are some of the top benefits of strength training for women.
Lose Body Fat Quickly
Strength training is one of the most effective and quickest ways to lose fat. On average, women store about 10 percent more body fat than men. It can be challenging for women to find effective ways to reduce their body fat index. When your strength train, you build lean muscle, which increases your metabolism so that you can keep burning calories.
Increased Bone Health
Loss of bone mass is very common in women that have reached menopause due to reduced levels of estrogen, which puts these women at greater risks for bone diseases like osteoporosis. Plus, women tend to lose bone mass at an earlier age more than men. With this, you have an important need for bone remodeling through strength training. Fortunately, the strain and stress of strength training on the connective tissues on the bones and muscles induces an osteogenic effect.
Reduce Stress and Better Mood
Exercise is important for mood and mental wellbeing. Generally, exercise releases serotonin and endorphins – the feel-good hormone. When you exercise, you feel good and confident about yourself. Strength training gives you the confidence that doing several ab crunches on your living room floor won’t give you. Strength training helps reduce stress as you release those feel-good hormones and improves your confidence.
Gain Strength Without the Bulk
The conception that women who strength train will feel bulky is totally false. In fact, women are more likely to lose some weight as a result of strength training, not gain them. Strength training will not only allow you to sheds weight in the right places but also allow you to build them where they are required. Genetics is not the only factor that determines your body’s appearance through regular resistance training. Strength training can help you tone up, slim down, and create curves.
Sore knees and achy hips don’t have to be the highlight of your morning. Strengthening your muscles helps to support your joints, which can help in the prevention of injuries and help you stay fit, as well as strengthening your joint integrity. The right strength training is the solution to joint problems because it better holds your joints in position.
How Can We Help?
At Movement 101, our experienced exercise physiologist will design tailored exercise sessions to help women get the best out of themselves. Our sessions are designed to help women increase strength and endurance, burn calories, and empower them with the skills and knowledge required to transform their bodies.
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