Why Women Should Lift Weights
1. Improved bone density
Osteoporosis is a disease of fragile bones that ⅓ women will encounter. In addition, it is the most common bone disease worldwide. To keep bones healthy and strong, it is important that some stress is placed on the skeleton. Resistance training is the best way to challenge bone tissue, and aid in increasing bone formation.
2. Increased resting metabolism
Resting metabolic rate (RMR), makes up a great portion
of our everyday energy expenditure. Muscle is highly metabolically active, meaning it burns more calories than fat throughout our everyday activities. This can lead to more fat loss overtime thanks to your muscle!
3. Pain and disease risk reduction
How many of you reading have tweaked your back, your neck, or your knee? Probably many of you! Strength training can target underactive muscle groups and help improve your moving patterns. This means your body will be a well oiled machine! Those who strength train regularly also have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
4. Improved Self confidence
This is my favorite outcome of lifting! Women commonly struggle with body image issues and low self esteem. Strength training has been shown to improve those negative self images. It also helps improve eating disorders, as training moves the focus away from weight and more towards building strength.
Lifting weights is not just a male activity. Strength training is for anyone who wants to get healthier, stronger, and feel great! Thanks for taking the time to read. Happy lifting!