WHY WOMEN SHOULD ENGAGE IN STRENGTH TRAINING
STRENGTH TRAINING SHOULD BE A KEY PART OF ANY FEMALE FITNESS PROGRAM ESPECIALLY SINCE IT COMES WITH A VARIETY OF BENEFITS OTHER THAN JUST MAKING YOU LOOK GREAT AND FEEL BETTER. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS FROM TRAINING WITH WEIGHTS:
Helps with everyday tasks. Stronger muscles will help the most basic of activities, such as carrying heavy bags or bending down to lift things.
Helps manage chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease and nagging back pains.
Helps develop stronger bones and joints by increasing bone density and reducing the risk of diseases such as osteoporosis.
Increases calorie burn and heart rate. This is a great post workout advantage.
Increases the bodies BMR (base metabolic rate). This causes the body to burn more calories when not in the gym, greatly facilitating weight loss.
Lowers blood pressure - one workout can lower blood pressure for up to 15 hours!
Helps alertness, attention and focus. This is because strength training increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
The feel good factor. Exercise not only boosts your physical health but your mental health also.
Lower body weight training affects your entire body, helping posture and structural imbalances. Your feet and calves have the task of supporting the entire upper body. Lower body imbalances can negatively affect the whole body. For example, a weaker interior portion of the calf can cause the knees to bend inward or internally rotate and alter your stance and walking pattern. Exercise can remove these weaknesses and improve alignment of the spine.
Lower body training can also help build muscle in the entire body. Let’s take squats for example. Other than working all areas of the leg they also work the lower and upper back.
Lower body training also helps prevent injuries in both daily activities and sport. The reason for most injuries is due to weak stabiliser muscles. Training helps strengthen joints, ligaments and connective tissue. It also improves the range of motion in the legs meaning you can jump higher and run faster.
Quadriceps and Hamstrings are among the largest muscle groups in the body, which means stimulation through weight training helps the body flush toxins and flow nutrients to other muscles areas.
Sadly, there are lots of false claims out there over social media and the internet. Companies and supplements promising quick fixes for phenomenal results.
You only have to go online and you are bamboozled with claims of how someone got ‘ripped abs in 4 weeks’, or how 6 minutes can have you looking how you have always dreamed. Let me tell you something, the bodies you see in these false claims were not achieved in 4 weeks or even 6 minutes for that matter! Reaching your fitness goals requires hard work, motivation and passion. I always try to stress that improving yourself physically is a long term change, not a quick fix.