Many women miss out on the benefits of resistance training due to the many myths and misconceptions that surround it.
In actual fact, strength training may be the vital component of your exercise regime you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. You can bet that most of the female bodies you aspire to have been at least partly built through resistance training.
Before we go into the myths, here is a quick run down on the main benefits of resistance training for women:
Increases metabolism to help with weight management.
Improves body composition ? ?leaner' not ?lighter'.
Strength for everyday movements and activities such as lifting
Improvements in sporting activities such as golf or tennis
Increased bone density ? this can prevent the onset of osteoporosis
Improves bone and joint strength.
Helps prevent injuries
Boosts confidence and self-esteem - being and feeling strong is incredibly empowering
It can be fun!
Onto the myths??
Myth 2: ?Cardio is for weight/fat loss, strength training is for building muscle?
It is true that if you are exercising purely for weight loss, the ?cardio?, especially running will probably stimulate more weight loss than strength training. However, this may not be the best thing for your goals. You may lose more weight running, but much of this may be muscle. Most females talk about wanting a ?toned? physique and for that it is important to maintain your muscles not let them waste away!
People often use the calorie argument for choosing cardio over strength training. We used to think that a cardio session burnt many more calories than a strength training session. As measurement techniques have advanced we now know that a well designed strength training programme can burn a similar amount of calories whilst you are exercising.
What we now know is that strength training (done correctly) continues to have a positive impact on your body's metabolism for up to 48 hours after the training session
Whatsmore, by using strength training to maintain or even slightly increase your muscle mass, the more calories your body will burn at rest. Therefore adding strength training to your normal exercise routine can increase your ability to burn unwanted fat ? even when you are sleeping. How easy was that!?