Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why Women Should Include Resistance Training in their Routine


1) Lose Body Fat 
As your lean muscle increases so does your resting metabolism, and you burn more calories all day long.
2) Gain Strength Without Bulk 
Researchers also found that unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from strength training, because compared to men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy. You will develop muscle tone and definition.
3) Improve Your Athletic Performance 
Whatever sport you play, strength training has been shown to improve overall performance as well as decrease the risk of injury.
4) Be Physically Stronger
Increasing your strength will make you far less dependent upon others for assistance in daily living. Chores will be easier, lifting kids, groceries and laundry will no longer push you to the max.
5) Reduce Your Risk Of Injury, Back Pain & Arthritis
Strength training not only builds stronger muscles, but also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability. This acts as reinforcement for the joints and helps prevent injury. When cardiovascular exercise is added, these benefits are maximized
6) It Is Never Too Late To Benefit
Women in their 70′s and 80′s have built up significant strength through weight training and studies show that strength improvements are possible at any age.
7) Improve Your Attitude And Fight Depression
A Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard counselling did. Women who strength train commonly report feeling more confident and capable as a result of their program, all important factors in fighting depression.

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