You’re in the gym, what’s the first thing you go towards? The running machine? The bikes? A yoga mat? Women often go for cardio exercises as they might be best for them but including weights in your exercise routine may be the way forward. They can seem scary, but they’re really not. Here’s how they can help you!
Firstly, weight training is great for building muscles which helps metabolism increase. This means that you can burn more calories. Sure, cardio machines are great, but without the base of a good metabolism, it may take you much longer to reach your desired weight. By incorporating weight training, you can speed this process up. The more intense the workout, the more calories you’ll burn, so fitting in some weight training can really help your fitness routine. Not only does weight training build and strengthen muscles, it also strengthens your bones which can reduce the risk of breaks.
Continuing with this, weight training increases strength all over your body. Preventing sports injuries can be made simple by working at it to build strong joints to help with your everyday tasks and exercise. With a stronger back, shoulders and core, your posture should improve, and it can help prevent pain in your lower back. Your overall sports performance should get better too!
It’s also great for gaining strength. You may feel that weight training isn’t for you as you may bulk up, but women don’t have the testosterone levels to build muscle like me do. Instead, women develop strength and muscle definition, which is fantastic.
Finally, this is our last point, but definitely not the last benefit of weight training. As you probably know, exercise releases endorphins which can improve your mood and fight anxiety. Adding to your fitness routine with weight training not only helps your body, but can improve your alertness, boost your energy and just brighten your day. Your brain is just as important as your body, so you have to make sure to look after it. We hope weight training can help.
As you can see, weight training isn’t as scary as you think, and can really help your fitness improve as well as get you to your goals sooner. If you’re unsure, or don’t know where to start, speak to a member of staff and we’ll let you know what exercises to try, weights to begin with, and if there are any classes you might benefit from. Weight training is for everyone, so why not give it a go.