The Benefits of Strength Training For Women
Strength training does more than help you bring your groceries in one trip. There’s a misconception that women will bulk up and start looking manly if they perform strength training exercises. Not only are women’s muscular structure different than men, but we do not produce as much testostorone and growth hormones. If you are afraid of strength training, the benefits just might change your mind.
Reasons You Should Start Strength Training
1. Restore Strength
Women and men who are sedentary and do not strength train can lose up to .5 pounds of muscle every year. Resistance training can restore and strengthen muscle tissue over time. This can significantly reduce the risk of falling in older adults as well as improve coordination and balance.
2. Teaches You To Be Present
Resistance training helps you to focus on the mind and body relationship. When you know you have a 30 minute + cardio session your mind tends to wander. Strength training forces you to concentrate on your form and technique or the amount of weight you are lifting.
3. Increases Metabolic Function
The decrease in muscle tissue from not being active also corresponds to a decrease in resting metabolic rate (RMR). Consequently, the 5-pound muscle loss per decade causes at least a 3% reduction in RMR. You’ll burn calories during and long after resistance training.
4. Improves Body Composition
With regular strength training, you will notice an increase in lean mass and a decrease in fat mass. Besides making you appear fit and healthy, weight lifting or body weight exercises has been linked to improving glucose levels, which helps patients with type 2 diabetes.
5. Decrease Depression
Resistance training helps boost confidence and makes you feel like you can accomplish anything! Endorphins
6. Improve Bone Density
Bone reacts to the amount of stress that’s placed upon it during exercise. Therefore, you are increasing bone density while you exercise. This helps to minimize the risks of breaks and fractures as you age.