Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to the gym and all you see when you walk in are a bunch of shirtless young men with bulging muscles pumping iron in front of the mirror. And of course all the ladies are back on the treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines. We’re here to spread the word that strength building workouts aren’t just for men! Thankfully the news seems to be out on the numerous benefits that women stand to gain from doing strength building workouts. In case you haven’t heard, there are a LOT of great health benefits from strength training. If you haven’t heard about them, let us clue you in.
So even though when we think of strength building workouts, we mostly think about building muscle, the truth is, we are also building our bones. Bone density, that is. Your bone won’t grow bigger like your muscle does, but it will become more dense, which is important to maintain a healthy bone structure. Our bones are constantly being rebuilt, and as we age, our bones tend to become less dense, making them more prone to breaking. So strength building workouts will help you build a stronger bone that is less likely to break and will also help decrease your chances of having osteoporosis when you get older.
Many women are concerned with their weight and appearance, and strength building workouts are important in helping you maintain a healthy weight. A lot of women are concerned that if they lift weights, they will bulk up like a man, but this isn’t true. Women’s muscles aren’t genetically programed to bulk up like men’s do. Instead, strength building workouts help women look toned and firm. Building muscle also increases your metabolic rate, which means your body burns more calories throughout the day. So if you increase your muscle mass, it can actually help you lose weight!
There’s no argument when it comes to strength building workouts — they should definitely be a part of your exercise regime. If you’re not sure how to get started, come see us at In Motion Fitness, and we can get you on the right track!