- The goal of almost every woman is to achieve that perfect hourglass figure. This is why most women do not opt for weight training as the first preference when they think of following a fitness routine. However, weight training does not really result in the bulky and muscular figure that we see in magazines and on gym floors. Weight training can give you an aesthetic and feminine look just like yoga or gymming can. In fact, here are some important benefits of weight training that will make you want to sign up for weight training right away:
- You can bid goodbye to the flab : Weight training helps boost your resting metabolism and increases your lean muscle. This means that you keep burning calories throughout the day even when you are not exercising. According to the results of a study conducted among participants who performed weight training, it was concluded that a woman who performed strength-training exercises two to three times a week for two months lost about 1.6 kg of fat and gained 0.9 kg of lean muscle. Thus, weight training not only helps you lose the nasty flab, but it also helps you put on the necessary lean muscle you need. Goodbye flab, hello washboard abs!
- You’ll have stronger bones : A common complaint among women aged 30 or above is a condition called osteoporosis, which is associated with weak bones. Weight training can improve bone mineral density, which enhances the process of bone modelling. Therefore, if you add weight-training sessions to the routine of having a glass of milk every day, you’ll have the perfect defense team against osteoporosis and the tendency to fracture easily. Not just the bones, your connective tissues and muscles will also gain strength. This will help stabilise your joints and reduce your risk of getting a backache, an injury or even arthritis.
- Your heart will have a protective shield : If the oil-fried delicacies have put you on a long list of medications to reduce your cholesterol levels, weight training can help trim the list. Weight training increases your good cholesterol levels (HDL) and decreases your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. It helps lower blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure. Weight training also reduces the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack.
- You’ll gain physical stamina and strength : Be it performing outdoor activities like hiking or cycling or doing household chores, after beginning weight-training sessions, your physical tasks won’t seem like herculean tasks anymore. Scientific studies have shown that women can increase their strength levels by 30% to 50% with moderate weight-training sessions. So the next time you exit the grocery store with a huge bag, it will seem as light as holding a pack of chips to you.
- If you plan to begin weight-training sessions, visit the nearest gym with the help of the Health Assure network and ask a gym trainer to give you a schedule of weight-training sessions customised for you. You could also order some weights online and start your weight-training sessions at home. Remember to lift heavier weights only under supervision. Starting slow and gradually increasing the weights is extremely important to prevent injuries.
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