Spring is here and now is the time to prepare your body for those Summer activities. Weight training has countless benefits and can be used in any fitness routine, regardless of age or end goal. For some women, weight training has a stigma that it will make them big and bulky, but that is not the case. While weight training can be used to increase strength, size, and definition of muscles, it also helps to combat fat gains. Since muscle burns more calories at rest than fat, having leaner muscle mass can help people lose weight. Weight training also helps to maintain strong bones, which decreases the risk of osteoporosis. Lifting weights helps reduce the risk of injuries since building muscle protects joints and gives you a better sense of balance. Regularly lifting weights can boost your stamina and decrease the symptoms of many chronic diseases: arthritis, depression, obesity, back pain, etc. Lastly, weight training can help improve your attention and focus.
As you can see, there are many benefits of weight training beyond just the bodily results you can see. As a general rule, men are the main attendees of the weight room, but this should not be the case. Women and older adults who are often afraid of or intimidated by the weight room are arguably the ones who could benefit from it the most. Since women and older adults are at a higher risk for diseases like osteoporosis and are often looking to lose a few pounds, they could really benefit from implementing a weight training program into their routine. Also, increasing balance and reducing the risk of injuries is extremely important for older adults. Many of them would also directly benefit from the decreased symptoms of chronic diseases and improved focus.
Not sure on what to do for weight training? We recommend seeking out a professional to help you find a way to fit strength training into your routine. They will not only teach you proper form & technique, but will also teach you exercise progression according to your fitness level. This spring remember to keep Moving & keep Fit!