When it comes to exercise, most women tend to focus most of their attention on cardiovascular exercise and flexibility training, like yoga. Weight training should not be lost in the shuffle, however. Lifting weights brings a bevy of benefits with it and not all of them are purely physical. Should you decide to burn it, here are just a few of the benefits you could earn:
- Physical strength – Increased physical strength will help you more easily carry out your day’s labor and you won’t have to depend on others for assistance. Chores will be easier and injury will be less likely.
- Decreased fat – Not only will you burn fat while you lift, but you’ll boost your resting metabolism and burn fat that way, too.
- Stronger bones – Weight training helps strengthen bones by increasing mineral density. Stronger bones will decrease the risk of osteoporosis down the road.
- Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes – Weight training helps to lower “bad” cholesterols in your blood (LDLs, triglycerides) and raises levels of “good” cholesterols (HDLs). Weight training also improves the way the body processes sugars, helping lower the risk of diabetes.
- Reduced stress and risk of depression – Not only is lifting weights a good way to get out the stress, it raises the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Most antidepressants work the same way. Bottom line: you’ll be happier and more relaxed.
Now that you’ve seen how good weight training can be for your body, you may be asking how to get started. Here are a few quick recommendations:
- Find a good strength trainer or reputable instructional videos to teach you proper technique. Learning the right way to lift is essential to getting the maximum benefits while avoiding injuries.
- Learn a few exercises, do them the right way, and stick to them. You don’t need to keep your body guessing at the start. Master a few techniques and build up your strength.
- Focus on getting stronger. You’ll be more motivated to keep working out as you watch your numbers go up. Also, you’ll need to gain strength to gain the benefits of some more specialized workouts.
- Be consistent. Don’t give up. It’s going to be painful to start out. Remember the old adage that says pain is just weakness leaving the body. Try to lift 2–3 times a week. It doesn’t have to involve a ton of weight, and you’ll feel better if you keep at it.
- Beginner’s programs are your friends. Find a weight training program that works for you and stick with it. You’ll get the most out of your training sessions, get quicker results, and avoid injuries. There’s no law against getting help, especially if you’re just starting out.
- Beat down intimidation – It can be hard to go to a gym, especially one filled with sculpted-from-stone guys and gals. Don’t let that stop you. Remember, you’re there for you, and as long you you’re doing yourself good, that’s all that matters.