We all know that it’s necessary to exercise and exercise regularly, but that doesn’t mean we truly understand why, or know many of the benefits that regular exercise can bring. So, here’s some of the key benefits of weight training for women (with none of the science to keep it simple and to the point):
1) Weight Training helps to control your weight
Though not the only way to control your weight, it certainly is a key component. The reason weight training can help with weight control is not only due to the continued calorie burn post-training (EPOC), but also due to the fact that the more muscle you build and have, the more calories you burn on a daily basis. Simultaneously, the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism is (again contributing to increased calorie burn).
2) It keeps you fit for life
By lifting weights regularly, you will not only maintain a decent fitness level, but you will also find it easier to perform every day tasks and activities, such as:
– walking around and going up and down stairs
– playing with your children, picking them up etc.
3) Resistance training will maintain or improve your mobility
This is especially important as you get older. This happens as through lifting weights you are also strengthening your joints and connective tissues. Resistance training can similarly help to reduce joint and muscle pains and even improve your posture (when done correctly).
4) It can reduce the symptoms of, or even prevent, certain health conditions and diseases
– It reduces the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
– It can reduce the risk heart disease as it keeps our blood flowing smoothly
– Prevents high blood pressure
– Being active increases your levels HDL (high-density lipoprotein), otherwise known as good cholesterol.
– Alzheimer’s: Although exercise cannot prevent or cure
Alzheimer’s, it does boost the chemicals in your brain and support and prevent the degeneration of the hippocampus (both of which are linked to Alzheimer’s).
5) Exercise improves your mood
This means that a well-structured, consistent exercise regime can be used to help treat depression. This is due to the endorphins released by the body during exercise (the release of endorphins can also relieve feelings of anxiety).
It can also help us relieve physical and mental stress, as exercise causes an increase in the amount of the chemical in the brain responsible for moderating our stress response.
6) Exercise can help improve self-confidence
Performing a workout successfully can simply make you feel good about yourself. As the saying goes; no-one ever regretted a workout! Not only this, er regretted a workout. Not only this, but weight training can help us change our body composition, changing the way we look and feel about our bodies.
7) Weight training helps prevent arthritis and osteoporosis
This is because it strengthens your joints and bones, which again becomes increasingly important as we get older.
8) Weight training will change your shape
It will help “tone” your body up and give you those female, hourglass curves. Weight training will not make you bulky, but it will make you stronger and make you feel more energised.
As you can see from this short list, weight training can give us
many more health benefits outside of purely aesthetic
improvements. As you get older, the benefits of exercise other
than looking good become extremely important. Don’t simply
exercise and eat to look better, exercise and eat and to feel
better, be healthier and become stronger.