The Fitness Institute’s Cardio and Strength Training expert weighs in on the subject
Many women are too intimated to even go near the weight room while at the gym. They stare in awe at the large weights as they continue their cardio workouts on the treadmill, elliptical machine, bike, etc. What many women don’t know is in addition to gaining muscle, there are several health benefits related to weight training! Cardio and Strength Training expert and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute member, Grace DeSimone, shares her expert advice on the benefits of weight training for women.
Feel better. Feeling stronger makes you more confident, energetic and capable. It improves your mood and has been found to aid in fighting depression. A Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than counseling.
Improve your balance. Stronger muscles and joints reduce the risk of falling.
Make your bones stronger. Combat osteoporosis by retarding bone loss and increasing bone density. Research has found that weight training can increase spinal bone mineral density by 13 % in six months.
Burn fat. Increasing your muscle strength helps burn more calories and fat.
Strengthen your joints and prevent injury. Retard the natural weakening of joints as you age. Strong muscles yield strong bones, joints and connective tissues. They’re less prone to injury.
Improve your posture. Years of bad habits wreak havoc on us. Strengthening our upper backs after years of slouching will improve posture dramatically.
Reduce diabetes risk. Adult-onset diabetes is a growing problem. Research indicates that weight training can increase glucose utilization in the body by 23% in four months.
Age independently. Staying strong means we are more able to perform daily activities without assistance.
Look better. Chalk one up for the ol’ ego! Muscles will improve your overall appearance. You’ll do a double take next time you pass a mirror!GO BACK