Strength training in general has many benefits, including improving bone density, increasing lean muscle mass and making your heart healthier, but here we will focus on how those benefits apply to the female physiology and bust some age old myths. After all, the future is female!
Strength training (or resistance training) is a physical activity involving the use of weight machines, free weights, bodyweight exercises or resistance training with the UNIX CORE to challenge and strengthen your muscles. It’s important to note, while some might see strength training as just a way to bulk up or get “ripped,” there are so many other benefits such as improving balance, reducing risk of injury from falls and strengthening your bones, which reduces risk of osteoporosis.
Women should strength train for many reasons. Women are strong creatures who’s physical abilities have historically been underestimated. It is important not to lose sight of what can be accomplished and the benefits to strength training due to an unjustified fear of being too muscular or “unappealing.” Of course not everyone thinks this. We’re merely speaking on behalf of the myths around strength training that have dissuaded so many.
While the myth that strength training could cause women to become unappealing exists, it’s simply that, a myth. The universal benefits of strength training play particularly fairly with the female physiology. Research has even shown an increase in lean muscle mass to play a valuable during menopause.
Since muscle weighs more than fat, anyone might gain weight when they start strength training. However, the increase in weight is due to lean muscle mass rather than body fat, so a value add. Since an increase in muscle mass is beneficial for your health, strength training should be a major part of anyone’s fitness routine. Furthermore, it is important to know you can ultimately lose weight with increased muscle mass because your metabolic rate will naturally increase.
All types of strength training are beneficial to women, whether it is body weight, additional weights or resistance band training. Studies have shown that all forms of resistance exercises increase bone density and decrease the risk of fracture by increasing the load-bearing capacity of your bones. Since women are at a generally at higher risk of osteoporosis, we can see a tremendous value proposition here.
Strength training also has cardiovascular benefits. Studies have shown strength training can improve heart rate and blood pressure as well as decrease cholesterol levels. In addition, because resistance exercises increase lean muscle mass, your body will burn more calories during daily activities; this will result in a lower body fat percentage and ultimately change your body composition.
Women’s bodies are strong and beautiful, but like anything else can also be fragile. Strength training with the correct program can ensure your body stays as strong and healthy as possible. You may not realize what a difference resistance training makes until you start incorporating it into your routine!
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