Weight training is widely regarded as an essential component of a healthy lifestyle and many studies have debunked the myth that a woman will bulk up if she lifts anything stronger than a pink-foamed dumbbell.
US First Lady Michelle Obama has said that lifting weights is an integral part of her training.
Actresses Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel also ensure strength training is part of their lifestyle.
From the mid-30s, women begin to lose 5 to 10 percent of muscle strength each decade. A resistance training routine will raise metabolism by 20 percent for several hours post-workout.
This means long after you’ve finished training, whether you’re reading a newspaper, watching tv, you will still be burning fat.
You don’t have to abandon your aerobic exercises, just include weight-bearing training at least twice a week for 15-20 minutes.
The general health benefits of resistance exercises for women include helping to prevent osteoporosis by strengthening bones and stabilising joints.
Other benefits of making strength training a part of your life are that it helps to reduce other age-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis
Reasons to do strength training:
1.Build stronger bones.
3. You’ll gain muscle and lose fat.
4. Your blood pressure could drop.
5. Burn calories even when you’ve finished your workout.
6. You’ll be a stronger woman.