With obesity on the rise, and taking actions to lead a healthy lifestyle, a weight lifting program has many benefits for women. As women, we tend to focus on cardiovascular workouts to keep ourselves healthy, while virtually ignoring our strength. Weight lifting programs will allow us to build and maintain our strength while staying healthy.
Let us look at some reasons why female weight training is a good idea.
When you begin a weight-training program, you will reduce your risk for a variety of ailments that plague many as they age. You will reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even arthritis.
Weight training improves the way the body processes glucose, and therefore reduces the risk of developing diabetes. Another benefit is the reduction of the bad type of cholesterol, known as LDL, which will improve your heart health, and reduce your risk for heart disease.
This is very important, as heart disease ranks number one in the cause of death for women. Weight training will also increase bone density, so if you continually focus on making sure your calcium intake is adequate, you are combating osteoporosis in one of the best ways you can.
Perhaps one of the best benefits to strength training s that in additional to muscle build up and strength, you are strengthening your joints and connective tissues, which leads to decreased chance of arthritis, injury, and pain.
You will build muscle mass without becoming bulky. Women produce less of the hormone that causes the bulk up with increased muscle mass, so while you will not appear bulky, you will gain tone and definition, giving your body an overall better appeal.
Building muscle mass means that you will lose body fat. As you train, your body will burn your fat storage centers to use as energy for muscle development. Loosing body fat means that will you become happier with yourself, and less likely to become depressed.
With weight training, comes strength. This means that your daily activities will be less strenuous to perform. This increases your efficiency, and essentially puts more time back into your day. We all know we could use a few extra hours, right?
With all these good reasons why you should start a weight lifting program, what is left to stop you? Start small and slow and watch how good you will feel knowing you are doing something good for yourself, and the others around you!