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Why is Weight Training important for Women?

Most of the women walk into the gym with a mindset of lean and strong but at the end, they end up hitting the cardio equipment (Treadmill or cycling). Women are afraid of weight training. First thing that comes in their mind “Bulking up”. Other concerns “fear of injury”. It’s bad for your joints and once you have muscle, you can’t stop lifting or it will all turn to fat. It’s all rubbish, and it feeds into stereotypes that are keeping too many women from experiencing the profound benefits of resistance training.
All of us want to feel strong, confident in everything we do: to moving heavy furniture, to playing with kids, to dealing with a stressful career and from fitting into jeans.
It’s time to put that fear aside. Here are some reasons as to why you should include strength training into your fitness program:
1. Bone Health: As you age, you are at risk of losing both bone and muscle mass. Post Menopause, women’s body don’t secrete estrogen , due to which they are at higher risk of osteoporosis. Resistance Training is an excellent way to combat loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
2. More muscle , More calorie Expenditure: As you increase strength and lean muscle mass, your body uses calories more efficiently.
3. More Effective fat loss: This is a huge advantage to weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat during and after exercise( you consume additional oxygen in the hours and even days that follow after heavy strength training). When your body uses more oxygen, it requires more caloric expenditure and an increased metabolic rate.

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