BENEFITS of STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN
Although it's increasing, statistics say that only around 20% of the female population are strength training. This is purely down to a lack of understanding and dated misconceptions about the effect that lifting weights has on the female body.
Here are 4 reasons to get your hands on some weights TODAY!
1. Burn Fat & Improve Definition
Strength training has been proven to raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout. The more intense the workout the more calories are burned. After an intense workout there is more Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), meaning there is an increase in oxygen consumption, helping break down fat stores in the body.
Strength training builds muscle, as lean muscle increases so does metabolism. A more efficient metabolism means that you burn more calories all day long…even at rest! The average woman who strength trains 2-3 times a week for two months will gain nearly 2 pounds of muscle and lose 3.5 pounds of fat. For each pound of muscle you gain, you’ll burn 35 to 50 more calories per day.
2. Get Strong & Toned
By far the most common reason women avoid weight training is because they are afraid betting “bulky.” This is a HUGE misconception as it simply will not happen. Women don’t have the testosterone to build muscle as easily as men. Ladies have 10 to 30 times less testosterone than men and have a much harder time gaining size from strength training. Instead women develop muscle definition and strength.
3. Avoid Injury & Prevent Illness'
Strength training increases strength in connective tissues and joints. Strong joints, ligaments, and tendons are important to prevent injury and can relieve pain from osteoarthritis.
Strengthening muscles and connective tissue will make injury from daily tasks and routine exercise less likely and can improve sports performance. Strength training not only strengthens muscles, it strengthens bones! Increased bone density reduces the risk of fractures and breaks. Strength training will strengthen your back, shoulders, and core, helping to correct bad posture.
Exercise and weight-training release endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood, and fight depression. An increased in endorphins naturally reduces stress and anxiety. Endorphins also stimulate the mind, improving alertness and boosting energy. Weight-training can brighten your entire day or help you combat a bad one.