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Why Women Should Do Weight Training

In this Vision Personal Training article we share why women should do weight training as part of their training program. Click here to read more.
Fitness and Training
Fitness and Training

By Phil Lee at Camberwell

 Why Women Should do Weight Training

As the population continues to battle against poor health, women make up a larger percentage of people struggling with body image and poor relationships with food and exercise. According to recent statistics, one in every two Australian women are overweight or obese and will spend over 30 years of their life dieting and participating in unsustainable exercise regimes that are either detrimental to their health or just don't work. When it comes to nutrition and exercise, unfortunately many people don't have the right education so they simply do not know what to do. They continue to participate in diets and exercise programs that don't benefit them long term so they continue to live their lives unhappy in their own skin.


Thankfully though, there are also women making positive changes and paving the way for others to follow. Having stepped away from crash diets and cardio only exercises, they have found new success in the weights room and increasingly more women are beginning to discover that the key to long term success lies in the combination of weight training and healthy, sustainable eating.


So ladies, regardless of your health and fitness goals, rest assured that there are many benefits to regular weight training. If you are currently avoiding weights, then it's time to get acquainted with them and start lifting as it's never too late!


The benefits of weight training:


You will burn more fat

Fat loss is the most common goal or reason women choose to diet and exercise. Lifting weights helps to burn more fat as the amount of muscle on the body increases. Put simply, the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn, even at rest. There's no reason to fear weight training either as you will be able to burn more fat than you will ever be able to gain muscle. Weight training also becomes increasingly important as we age because the muscle on our bodies naturally deteriorates; however regular resistance training, combined with balanced nutrition, helps to maintain and/or build muscle ensuring better long term body composition.


You will burn more calories

Weight training is one of the best forms of exercise to elevate resting metabolism. Your resting metabolism (BMR) is responsible for burning most of the energy you consume daily so you want to have a metabolism that is firing when you are inactive. Lifting weights will help elevate your metabolism long after you've finished your workout, resulting in more calorie and fat burn while you're in a rested state.


You will improve your body composition

Increasing the muscle on your body and burning away any unnecessary fat will improve your body composition making your muscles and skin firmer to the touch. Your skin will tighten and your muscles will begin to take shape as your body fat decreases. So, start lifting and watch your body shape change.


It will make you stronger

Weight training is guaranteed to make you stronger and you certainly don't need to be super strong to begin as everyone has their own starting point. As long as you are consistent with your training by including at least two regular resistance sessions as part of your weekly schedule, you will gain strength and day to day activities that involve any form of lifting will become a lot easier. Having this functional strength will really improve your quality of life and state of mind.


You will become more co-ordinated

As you become stronger, the muscles you weren't using before are now starting to become active and assist with movement. Your balance, co-ordination and confidence will improve as your muscles and joints become stronger allowing you to feel more steady when you move and when you are on your feet.


You will have more energy

Exercise increases energy levels and by elevating your resting metabolism and reducing your body fat, this will ensure you have more energy and feel better. Minimise those afternoon slumps and food binges, improve your overall energy levels and general feelings of sluggishness by lifting weights and eating right.


Improves your bone density

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects and threatens the quality of life of many Australian women. Resistance training in the form of lifting weights has become a successful way to help prevent the onset of the disease. Women are naturally at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, which is a result of the bones losing minerals such as calcium more quickly than they can be replaced. This results in a loss of bone destiny and a weakness in the bone which means a person suffering from the disease is more susceptible to broken bones and fractures.


You will have fun and enjoy exercise

Weight training is a fun way to exercise and improve your health. If you are not highly motivated or overly confident that's ok, seek the help of a Personal Trainer who will take care of your programming and ensure you are doing everything correctly and safely. You will love the benefits of lifting weights, the improvements to your strength and most of all you will love the results you will see and feel!


It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced lifter because at Vision Personal Training Camberwell, we are here to design an individually tailored program to suit your level and needs. We will also provide you with the support, knowledge and tools to ensure your success by offering educational seminars on nutrition, exercise and emotions, as well as personalised one on one nutrition sessions to ensure you have all the knowledge you need to empower yourself to take control of your own health and fitness. Contact us today to start the beginning of your new life.

*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

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