According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 21 percent of women strength train two or more times a week. When you skip the weight room, you lose out on the ultimate fat burner. Those two sessions a week can reduce overall body fat by about 3 percent in just 10 weeks, even if you don't cut a single calorie. That translates to as much as three inches total off your waist and hips!
Here are the Top 10 reasons to take weight training seriously:
It increases your metabolic rate - When you gain muscle, your body requires more energy to maintain that new muscle which means you will burn more fat and store less energy as stubborn body fat.
It improves your bones - Research has shown weight training can increase bone density by up to 13 percent in six months.
It can help improve your self confidence - Women who strength train are likely to be more confidant because they like the way their body looks.
It reduces stress - Studies have shown lifting weights can help ease depression and fight anxiety. Since you're taking your frustration out in the gym, you leave feeling calmer and far more relaxed after a weight training workout.
It makes you stronger - The stronger your muscles are, the less likely you are to get hurt. Being stronger can help with day to day activities like gardening, redecorating, carrying shopping bags, or playing with your kids.
It protects you - Being stronger can help to protect you in a dangerous situation.
It improves your appearance - Weight training will not only make you look firm, it will also improve your posture giving you a self esteem boost.
It increases brain power - Weight training helps to clear your mind and allows you to think more rationally
It decreases your risk for diabetes - Research shows weight training can increase glucose utilization in the body by 23 percent in as little as four months.
It helps fight heart disease - Weight training can help to improve blood pressure, bring down sugar levels, and lower your cholesterol profile.
So, if you're ready to give weight training a try, I have developed the popular "Women On Weights" program that focuses specifically on women's needs. It is a great program to get you started and is tailored for each individuals specific needs and goals, with proper form and technique being of utmost importance. For more information on getting started with a weight training program, feel free to contact me.
Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She can be reached at 605-3549 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The information contained within Health Matters is not a substitute for professional medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program or beginning any nutritional regimen.