Why shouldn’t women be physically strong?
Just because a women is strong doesn’t mean that she has big muscles. Strong doesn't mean bulky muscles. Women that have big muscles are take supplements to achieve those results. Producing big muscles in women requires added hormones and supplements; women don’t produce enough testosterone naturally to have big bulky muscles. A strong women has a lean defined and tone shape to their body that is athletic, not one that screams “meat head”.
There are many reasons that women should include strength training in their workouts. We are going to look at three areas that women benefit most: appearance, overall health and activity.
Being fit is in, and being skinny is out! A fit woman on the other hand, is powerful, athletic, confident, and sexy. An athletic figure always turns heads, they seem “put together” and to carry themselves a certain confidence. They just look good. Being fit or athletic has the added benefit of keeping you young also. A strong fit body has a youthful appearance. (This is not gender specific, men look better also) There are still certain things that will help one hold onto a youthful appearance but the ability to have a fit body is totally in your hands.
- Retain your youthful appearance
- Clothes fit perfectly
- Boost in self confidence
- Good posture
Over all health
A woman that has a strength training component to her workout will have a raised metabolism. Muscle burns more calories than fat. More muscle means more calories burned per day. A pound of muscle burns an extra 50 calories a day (while at rest). Just five pounds of added muscle will raise your resting metabolic rate (RMR) by an extra 250 calories every day or 1750 calories per week! This the equivalent of 2 or 3 meals of calorie content per week. Keep in mind that this is a resting increase. This calorie count does not include exercise. Women that do the proper amount of strength training don’t have to go on diets.
Does the idea of eating what you want appeal to anyone?
A healthy body has many many benefits. Lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of cancer, reduce your risk of heart disease, reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Strength training will help with back pain, strengthen tendons and ligaments and preventing injuries that many just accept.
We relish the relaxation of a vacation but the idea of having an hour each day to ourselves is dismissed. Our crammed schedules, cross another item off the “to-do” list and “what is my next appointment... most of us don’t allow enough time to relax or decompress. Getting enough rest can be at best an afterthought. Exercise will give you the good nights sleep that we often relate to a vacation. Can you consider the thought of feeling like that each night? Removing yourself from the day for an hour of good, fun exercise can make the difference in your day… every day. This single hour will also improve your mood. Arriving hour in a pleasant mood will end the day with a smile on your face.
The increase in you metabolism will also be more forgiving on cheat days.
- Increase metabolism
- Better sleep
- Improve your mood
- More forgiving of cheat days
A stronger body makes you a more independent person. Not needing assistance with large or heavy objects and doing things on your time frame is liberating and empowering. Small things like not having to ask for help will give you the reputation of a person that can get things done.
A strong body is more adaptive to an increase or change in activity. Added physical strength will allow you to wide variety of activities and exercises. This flexibility in lifestyle is not something many people get to enjoy. Your endurance will rise and you can accomplish difficult tasks without feeling over exerted. Deciding to go on a canoe ride, a long day of yard work or going for a run (longer run) that is outside your normal activity is not an issue. You will be one of the leads of the pack.
Women that have consistently done strength training have fewer injuries and when they do have an injury it is less severe than those that lack a strength training program. Runners have told me that they are faster and less sore from their runs when engaging in strength and conditioning workouts, in addition to their normal runs. Runners have subtracted as much as a full minute off their previous personal record by just adding strength training.
- Being independent
- Increase balance and stability
- Injury prevention
- Ability to do more activities
- “Run with the big dogs”
Keep in mind that strength training don’t mean pumping iron or big bulky muscles. Women keep a feminine figure even when adding strength to their bodies. Think lean tone muscles, attractive arms and legs that accentuate your inner beauty.