Weight training is an important part of any exercise program. In this post I will be focusing on the benefits that weight training holds for women.
Many of the common issues that women face can be addressed though lifting weights: Body fat, stress, weakness, insomnia, osteoporosis, poor balance, etc.
Before you embark on a weight training program it is important to get your doctors approval and speak with a certified personal trainer to learn proper form and technique. Also to discuss any injuries or other medical issues you may have because certain exercises may not be appropriate for you. Your trainer would be able to offer you other options.
You really don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or expensive gym memberships to train with weights. All you really need are a couple pair of hand weights to get you started. It will most likely take you a couple times to realize what weight you should be using for each exercise, but you want to make sure that the weight is heavy enough and that it is not too easy. The object is to lift weights that are heavy enough to build muscle, which in turn will speed up your metabolism and burn more fat.
Weight training is a weight bearing activity which with consistency over time (at least 6 months) you will begin to increase your bone density which helps to prevent osteoporosis.
Many women report that after weight training they get a better night sleep. I know I sleep better on the days that I workout.
It can also be a great stress reliever taking your mind off other things while you are focusing on breathing, proper form, and technique.
I have also seen the confidence level in many of my women clients improve immensely, even after just a couple weeks of weight training three times a week.
If you are brand new to strength training or working out and would like to speak to me about getting started right, please feel free to contact me for a FREE initial consultation.
I also have a few great home workouts to get you started:
Let me know if you have any questions, and I wish you all the best on your journey to fitness & wellness.