Among the different sports people get involved into for fitness, it is on weight training which women are less inclined to get into. On the average, only around 36 % of weight lifters are women which are unlikely to other sports which equates both men and women in training. This could be due to a wrong perception that women would end up becoming too muscular if they do weight training as different models were portrayed. This is not actually true. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for muscle build-up among men. Testosterone is actually present in the women’s body only in insignificant amount. Thus, it would be safe to say that women would not really end up becoming muscular if they do weight training. The result would only be toning down and strengthening of muscles rather than building up in men. Women weight lifters that have become very muscular only took medicine to increase their level of testosterone to become muscular. So if you like to keep that small body but keep yourself fit, it is still safe for you to go on weight training.
It is actually very easy to access since most gym offers equipments for weight training. You can even buy your own equipment and have your weight training workout at home. While cardiovascular exercise is a great way of burning the fat, adding a little strength training to your workouts will earn you extra calories every day. You’ll even be burning extra calories while you’re sleeping or sitting on the couch.
Here are some basic reasons why weight training is actually good for all.
- Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. It is really efficient to use your bones through weight training to develop your bones and muscles. The more it is exposed to stress brought about by weight training, the stronger it becomes. Of course you have to consider your diet for this matter.
- Control your weight. As you gain muscle, your body begins to burn calories more efficiently. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight. Weight training also increases your metabolic rate which enables you to burn fat faster than inactive people even when not exercising.
- Boost your stamina. As you get stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily. Weight training develops once endurance against pain or even gat you immune to other possible illness. Building muscle also contributes to better balance, which can help you maintain independence as you age.
- Manage chronic conditions. Weight or Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including back pain, arthritis, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
- Sharpen your focus. Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults. So if you think you have to quit doing some weights because of your age, you better stop the thought and get off and do some weight lifting unless you want to lose that sharp mind you have now.