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The Importance of Strength Training for Women

September 18, 2017 Francine Jones 0 Comments

Strength training should be an integral part of anyone’s workout whether you’re looking to shed a few inches or maintain sustained health as you age. Women stand to make the greatest gains from incorporating resistance exercises into their regular workout because females tend to have a higher incidence of osteoporosis than their male counterparts. The chances of developing this form of bone loss can be reduced and even reversed by regularly performing strength training exercises. There are several exercises you can try no matter your skill level.

Some people get an image of a muscle bound jock deadlifting an intimidating amount of weight when they think of strength training. That is one form but just because you aren’t a 20 year old body builder doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from adding some resistance exercises into your routine. Check out this site from the National Institute of Health for some exercises you can do at home no matter your age or skill level.

Muscle burns more fat. Cardio is great but if you’re looking to burn more fat and keep it off then strength training may be the answer you’re looking for. Don’t be intimidated by the weight rack at your local gym. Strength training doesn’t mean you need to be doing olympic style lifts with large quantities of weight. It just means pushing harder than you normally do in your daily routine. This can be with just a little more weight than you regularly carry, your own body weight, or with resistance bands.

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone density over time. This can lead to an increased risk of breaking a hip, wrist, or even your spine. Unfortunately women tend to experience a higher rate of osteoporosis as they age than men. Fortunately there are steps you can take to help slow or prevent the onset of this condition, and a big part of that is exercising. The more time someone spends being inactive the higher her risk of developing osteoporosis. The sooner you start incorporating resistance training the better your chances of avoiding developing this condition.

Don’t forget the importance of proper nutrition especially when starting new exercise programs. A lot of people trying to loose weight will do it by cutting calories, but it’s easy to miss out on things you need when you don’t plan. If you have questions you can always consult your regular health provider.

The first step is getting started. Don’t overdo your resistance training early on. Start with low weight and focus on form. Explore options that work for you. Not everyone needs to go to a gym and benchpress or deadlift. The exercise program that works is one you will stick with.

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