6 Benefits of Strength Exercise for Women
Strength training is not everything. It isn’t just for men who want to bulk up. It isn’t a gender specific exercise plan or for a select group of tomboys who have been weight training all their life. It is however, for any woman who wants glutes like Pippa Middleton, arms like Hilary Swank or flat abs that you’ll want to show off to anyone who asks. Here are some more benefits that will have you drooling all the way to the gym.
Benefit #1: It Helps You Lose Weight Faster
As the number one reason women start a weight resistance program, strength training increases your metabolic rate, which ultimately helps you increase your weight loss. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t, and works like this the more lunges, pull-ups, squats and ab crunches you do along with your cardio and good eating habits, the more calories you burn.
Benefit #2: It Fights Osteoporosis
Bone density is an issue for women as they age, but working out your bicep muscles, your core and your thigh muscles over time and beginning in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s can help to fight osteoporosis and improve our rate of injuries as we age.
Benefit #3: We Naturally Start Feeling Better
If you’ve ever battled with poor self-esteem or equate how good you feel on the inside with how poor you think you look on the outside, you’re not alone. A women’s weight is heavily connected to self confidence issues and regardless of your success in life, no one feels better when they’re in shape and can fit into their skinny jeans after years of wearing the next size up. Strength training regularly will tone your shoulder, biceps, gluts, calf and thigh muscles, allowing you to feel better than you have in years.
Benefit #4: You’ll Have Less Issues About Aging
Many of us fear aging, or at least, aging gracefully. We loathe nature in this way, and what it inevitably does to our face and neck, the cellulite around our legs and hips and the lack of control that comes with it. We can control, however, the amount of lines around our prized body parts by working out on a regular basis. Leave the stair master-only workouts to the amateurs, and start each workout with some light weight lifting.
Benefit #5: It Reduces Our Stress
Many of us are full time career women, along with families to raise and to-lists that grow by the second. As hard as it is to catch our breath and manage the stress, we need a de-stressor to everything we do (without complaint I might add). Think of strength training as the best de-stressor around! It offers a great way to stay in shape while getting out the frustration, anger, guilt, sadness, etc. we deal with at any given time.
Benefit #6: We’ll Perform Better in Life
There’s nothing like the adrenaline of a challenging strength training workout to get you in the mood to work harder, play harder, live harder. That’s what weight and resistant training does so well. It provides an outlet not only to get rid of stress, improve how you feel and think of yourself, but puts the jolt of excitement back into you so you can meet those deadlines, children’s recitals and your most important relationships with gusto.
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