Little to Lose & A Lot to Gain: Why Everyone Should Weight Train

depositphotos_14500335_original-1Growing older brings about numerous physiological changes including less-flexible muscles, sagging skin, slower metabolic processes and weight gain. Other changes might include bone deterioration and less efficiency of the heart; so finding the motivation to get in shape and stay healthy is crucial to help alleviate or prevent some of these issues.

Though we believe that everyone should weight train, we recognize that weightlifting is especially important for women—and it’s women who are less likely to make a habit of this form of exercise. Whether it’s due to the tired myth that women can bulk up from weightlifting, or because they feel less comfortable in the weight room, it is costly to their wellbeing. Because women have less muscle than men do to begin with, there is greater need to lift weights to prevent the natural loss that occurs during the aging process. So if you’ve been avoiding lifting weights because you think you’ll get mannish or bulky, that’s the last thing you should worry about! It is proven that women do not have the same levels of anabolic hormones that men have, and that’s the key component in building muscle.

One of the top reasons women should lift weights is because women are also more prone to bone and joint issues as they age in comparison to men. The muscle tells the bone where to go, not the other way around, so as you increase your muscle strength, you’ll improve your posture and better support your joints. Additionally, a strong core is key for balance and joint health alike as balance is highly linked to strong hip and core muscles. By training your core, you will effectively reduce your risk of falling and lessen stress to the knee joints.

Sometimes a reality check like a serious injury or illness can provide enough motivation to get into shape. Carrying extra weight as you age reduces your overall health and wellness but the good news is: exercise and proper nutrition can actually counteract potential problems. In “Psychology Today,” Susan Krauss Whitbourne discusses how exercise can reduce blood pressure and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. She notes that your immune system will improve, you’ll build muscle mass and decrease the risk of osteoporosis through exercise. Getting in shape can also help you sleep better, have more energy, and maintain your sex drive. Lastly, studies also link weightlifting to lower anxiety and better overall mental health.

As you can see, there are many benefits and we realize just getting started is the hardest part!

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they begin an exercise program is not thinking about their health and fitness as a journey; it has everything to do with understanding what you expect and desire for yourself a year from now instead of focusing on crushing it right now.

It’s important to start slow with a well-organized plan. Injuries caused by starting too fast will only set you back further. Far too many people needlessly struggle with fitness because they try to do it alone. There is no substitute for having expert guidance, a program designed specifically for you by a fitness professional, and the accountability and support to see it through.

At The Training Spot, we encourage you to feel proud of your efforts and we aim to give you the tools for managing your own fitness goals so that you can feel empowered and motivated to get in shape and stay there.

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