The Skinny on the Benefits of Strength Training for Women
We all know that cardio burns calories and can be quick and relatively easy and convenient to perform (i.e., hopping on the elliptical machine or heading outside for a run). But, cardio alone will not give you that toned, fit and strong physique we all strive for. The ideal fitness program should incorporate cardio and strength straining. Below is the skinny on strength training.
Strength training revvs up your metabolism
As your lean muscle increases so does your resting metabolism and you burn more calories all day long. This is especially important as we get older and our metabolism begins to slow and muscle mass is lost.
You will NOT bulk up into a female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Researchers have found that unlike men, women typically don’t gain size (aka “bulk up”) from strength training, because compared to men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy (increase in muscle size). You will, however, develop muscle tone and definition.
You will decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis and prevent injury
Research has found that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss — and may even help build new bone. This, coupled with an adequate amount of dietary calcium, can be a women’s best defense against osteoporosis.
Strength training not only builds stronger muscles, but also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability. This acts as reinforcement for the joints and helps prevent injury.
Ladies, you must hit the weights; do not be afraid! Your body will thank you from the inside out!