Weight training: the low-down
In recent years, it’s become clear that the benefits of weight training for women and those over the age of 40 drastically outweigh the benefits of doing cardio training alone. Resistance training can sometimes seem intimidating, if you aren’t sure of how to use machines or are keen to avoid the male-dominated weight room.
But don’t worry – there are plenty of options open to those who are new to weight training, but are intrigued by the benefits. If you’d prefer, there are now women-only gyms available. If you’re unsure of the benefits, let’s take a look at how weight training could help you shape up:
Lose body fat
Studies show that the average woman who trains two to three times a week for two months will gain around two pounds of muscle and lose 3.5 pounds of fat. As your lean muscle builds up, your resting metabolism increases too, so you’ll end up burning calories even when you’re not training – result!
You’ll get stronger, not bulkier
Unlike men, women usually don’t gain size from strength training. Instead, you’ll develop muscle definition and tone. That’s got to be a win! You’ll become generally stronger, too, which makes everyday life more of a breeze. It’s been proven that moderate weight training can boost a woman’s strength by an impressive 30-50%. That’ll come in handy!
Boost your performance
Research has repeatedly shown that strength training improves your athletic ability in all areas. Love to cycle? Weights will help you ride for longer, with less fatigue. Into skiing? Weight training improves your technique and reduces injury. Whatever sport you’re passionate about, you’re sure to boost your performance thanks to weights.
Reduce health risks
Your odds of getting injured, developing back pain or arthritis are significantly reduced when you build stronger muscles. What’s more, you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease – it turns out that weight training can improve cholesterol and lower blood pressure. On top of this, your chances of developing diabetes drops off when you weight-train, too. What’s not to love?
On top of all this, weight training can be great for alleviating stress and even depression. Now, we reckon that’s got to be worth a go. Get in touch on our social channels to share your weight-training success stories – we’d love to hear them!
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