Many women are hesitant to weight train. Some don’t want to build large muscles, while others may be intimidated by the weight rooms at the gym. Most often we see women stick to cardio and yoga. However, weight training is a great workout that has major benefits for women. Just two strength training sessions a week can help you transform your body and achieve your goals more quickly. Here are the main reasons all women should weight train:
1. Weight Lifting More Burns Calories
As a rule, cardio exercises burn more calories during the workout than weight training. However, building muscle helps you burn more calories overall. Muscle cells require more energy to maintain than fat cells. So as you build muscle, you also boost your metabolism and burn calories when you are resting.
2. Weight Training Strengthens Bones
Women are especially prone to developing a bone disease like osteoporosis as they age. Weight training pulls on your muscles, which pulls on your tendons, which in turn then pulls on your bones. Regularly pulling on your bones will strengthen them and may help prevent the effects of bone disease.
3. Strength Training Strengthens Your Heart
Women are also at risk for heart disease as they get older. Strength training also supports a strong heart. As your contract your muscles during lifting, it increases the amount of blood to your heart and improves your circulation.
4. Weight Lifting Boosts Your Mood
Just like with cardio, weight training stimulates the release of endorphins. This rush of endorphins can help you feel happier and combat stress. Weight training also helps release the stress hormone cortisol from your body, reducing stress-related muscle tension and pain.
5. Weights Training Improves Your Balance
Weight training helps improves your balance by strengthening your fast twitch muscles. Fast twitch muscles can help you respond more quickly if you lose your balance. So you’ll be able to better catch yourself before a fall, reducing the risk of injury.
6. You’ll Be Stronger
The most obvious benefit of strength training is that you will be stronger. You don’t have to get jacked to strengthen your muscles. With support from a personal trainer, you can add strength without bulking up. Having extra strength will help you accomplish more in your life.
Women shouldn’t shy away from strength training. In fact, there are so many benefits that it should be included in everyone’s workout plan. The personal trainers with Everlasting Changes can help. We’ll work with you to ensure that you get all of these benefits safely, while working on your dream body. Call now for 3 risk-free, complimentary sessions. We include a 30-day guarantee on all of our packages.