It’s time to investigate the many myths surrounding strength training and get rid of the stigma attached for so many women.
Firstly, many women miss out on the numerous benefits of resistance training due to the fear of getting too muscular. This is a misconception! It is not in the female make-up to develop this way… we have too much estrogen! Instead, adaptations relating to strength training typically involve strength and endurance improvements that allow us to perform various functional movements more easily.
So why is strength training so important for us ladies?
- Healthy bones! Strength training becomes increasingly important as we age due to the hormonal changes that we experience, particularly after menopause. With age we naturally lose bone strength which increases our risk of injury and developing osteoporosis. Placing our bones under some stress (good stress) with strength training helps build and maintain our bone mineral density, limiting the natural effect of aging.
- Weight loss! Often the number one reason us ladies join a gym. Well, believe it or not strength training is proven to be more effective at achieving weight loss compared to cardiovascular type exercise (like running, cycling etc.). As our lean muscle mass increases, so does our resting metabolism. This means that our body will be burning more energy compared to before… even at rest!
- Strength! Lifting weights increases a women’s strength, making it easier to accomplish activities that we perform daily, such as carrying the shopping bags, or lifting the children.
- Disease risk! Strength training has also been proven to reduce many of the risk factors contributing to various chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels. Strength training can effectively reduce your risk of developing obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even depression.
- Athletic performance! For those of you sportys out there, strength training can improve athletic ability. Targeting the correct muscles and movement patterns can significantly improve performance and reduce risk of injury. Sport-specific exercise as well as cross-training has been shown to provide numerous benefits.
It is never too late to start, and you are never too old! There is a strength training program out there for everyone. If you are looking at starting strength training… firstly, VERY GOOD DECISION. Secondly, our exercise physiologists here at Temple Gym will be happy to assist you to ensure you’re on the correct path to achieving a safe and healthy strength training routine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]