Why is Strength Training so Important for Women?
Hayley Plummer (Online Nutrition and Weight Loss Coach) recently posted a super informative post about Women & Strength Training.
Find a snippet below:
Whatever your age, gender or goal, strength training is an amazing activity to do.
Any form of exercise using resistance (such as bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, bodyweight, or gym equipment) counts.
The goal is to challenge your body to gradually get stronger over time. Which could be by doing more repetitions, doing them with better technique, or lifting more weight.
Strength training won’t build big bulky muscles. You have to train hard, often, and eat a lot if big bulky muscles are your goal. And even then it’s hard for women, as we lack the levels of testosterone required for natural muscle-building.
What will happen?
Among many beneficial outcomes, you’ll:
- get stronger
- feel more toned and confident in your clothes
- find it easier to lose body fat
- boost your long term health
As we get older, strength training protects bone density and muscle mass.
From around age 30 we start to gradually lose both muscle and bone, and after menopause that loss accelerates.
This puts us at higher risk of falls and fractures, but resistance training can dramatically slow that process.
You can literally change the course of your life by keeping your body strong.
If you’ve never done it before, you have so much to look forward to. The quickest improvements come at the beginning.
And while the gym is brilliant, you don’t have to go there if you can’t or don’t want to.
The majority of my clients are busy mums who do workouts with dumbbells, kettlebells and resistance bands at home.
If you want to find out more, you can find the original post here
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