Strength training is becoming more and more popular for women too and I love it! I’ve been lifting for a while now and I still am very positive about how many results I got from it. It is still a very common misconception for women that strength training will make you bulky and manly, but fortunately, more and more people begin to realize that this is far from the truth and strength training is the perfect way to get that fit and healthy body that you’ve always wanted! At my gym, I’m still one of the only 4 girls that found their way to the heavier weights, but I hope that more will follow soon.
Are you not convinced yet?
Here are 15 reasons why you should find your way to the weight room!
Strength training has so many benefits, some of them you might not even realize. It’s not only about looking absolutely fabulous, but there are also so many other benefits too!
- You will build more muscle mass, thereby you increase your lean body mass. More muscle mass means a higher resting metabolism. Higher resting metabolism means that you’ll burn more calories all day, even when sitting on the couch!
- High-intensity lifting stimulates lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and increases the body’s metabolism not only during training but also long after it!
- Unlike men, women don’t typically gain a lot of sizes, because women have much fewer hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy than men (like, 20 to 30 times less, that is a LOT!). So you will develop muscle tone and defenition and gain some size (read: you’ll gain tha bootyyyy) without really bulking up like a man.
- Lifting increases bone density which protects you against osteoporosis.
- Strength training increases overall performance in all kinds of sports (running, cycling, even golfing,…) and decreases the risk of injury. So it’s perfect for runners like me to reduce the risk of injury and increase your speed and for example the power to get up a steep hill!
- Daily chores will become easier since you develop more strength (like lifting groceries, getting upstairs, moving heavy stuff, carrying a baby,…)
- Strength training not only makes your muscles and bones stronger, but it also increases the strength of your connective tissues and joint stability. This also has shown its benefits in relieving or easing low back pain and pain from osteoarthritis.
- Strength training reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol), increasing HDL (good cholesterol) and lowering blood pressure. These benefits are maximized when combined with cardio.
- Strength training reduces the risk of diabetes. Weight training improves the way that your body processes sugar, research has shown that weight lifting can increase glucose utilization by 23% in only 4 months!
- Strength training at an older age slows down the aging process of the body and keeps you from losing too much muscle with age. It can also slow down the decline in BMR with age.
- Strength training triggers release of endorphins which improves mood, prevent pain and enhances pleasure.
- Strength training can reduce symptoms of clinical depression in some cases it is even as successful as counseling! It gives you more confidence and a sense of self-efficacy, which are important factors in fighting depression.
- Strength training can improve your posture. By strengthening your back, shoulders, neck and core muscles you can stand up straight and look confident all day.
- Weight lifting can improve balance and coördination.
- Weight lifting stimulates the mind, improves alertness, and provides an energy boost later in the day. Working out in the morning, if possible, is a great start to any day.