Over the last decade, researchers have made extremely compelling arguments for the benefits of weight training for women. Still, the number of women who take this recommendation to heart is still quite low. Most women who exercise are spending most of their gym time on cardiovascular exercise. The common reasoning behind this notion is that as women, we in no way want to look bulky or “buff”. However, this notion is completely false. Whatever your reasons for avoiding the weights, if you are a woman, here are a few reasons why you should include strength training into your regular exercise routine.
You Will Be Physically Stronger and Reduce Risk of Injury.
Increasing your strength will make you far less dependent upon others for assistance in daily living. Chores will be easier, lifting kids, groceries and laundry will no longer push you to the max. If your maximum strength is increased, daily tasks and routine exercise will be far less likely to cause injury.
You Will Gain Strength Without the Bulk.
Researchers also found that unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from strength training, because compared to men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy. You will, however, develop muscle tone and definition. This is a bonus.
You Decrease Your Risk Of Osteoporosis.
Research has found that weight training can increase spinal bone mineral density (and enhance bone modeling) by 13 percent in six months. This, coupled with an adequate amount of dietary calcium, can be a women’s best defense against osteoporosis.
It Is Never Too Late To Benefit.
Women in their 70s and 80s have built up significant strength through weight training and studies show that strength improvements are possible at any age. Note, however, that a strength training professional should always supervise older participants.
If you are having a hard time personally motivating yourself to include weight training into your own exercise routine, many classes offered here at the YWCA include excellent strength training components that will help you boost your strength in no time!! Check out our schedule on the main page for class description and times.