How Strength Training Empowers Women. Thanks to a surge in awareness, many a fitness movement has inspired ladies all over the globe to infuse their lives with healthy exercise routines. However, many women still fret that strength routines will lead to a bulky physique, so they steer clear of the weight room.
From getting a dream physique, all the way to higher self-esteem, lifting weights is indeed one of the healthiest ways to empower yourself. Let’s see how this exercise approach benefits the feminine world, and how you can incorporate it into your own life!
Functional strength and ability
When a strength training routine is built on compound movements that mimic your body’s natural movement patterns, you not only strengthen your muscles, but your mind-muscle connection, your connective tissue, and your bones.
You want to be able to lift your bundle of joy as high as you please? The military press will help you do that. You want to be able to carry your shopping bags on your own? Farmer’s walk is the best choice. How about picking up heavy boxes when you move? The deadlift paired with the squat will give you the core and the general strength for it.
With more strength comes more self-reliance. If you’re sick and tired of always waiting for others to help you move heavy furniture, or stock up on your favorite veggies, lifting weights helps your body adapt to the challenge.
Moreover, as you master the key movements and learn what exercises your body responds to best, you can get your own exercise equipment and work out from home when there’s no time to hit the gym. You might benefit from hiring a personal trainer in the beginning, but as soon as you get more independent, you can change up your routine and make it more flexible to meet your needs.
Finally able to work out on your own? You’ll soon find yourself craving more exercise, not finding excuses to skip the next session. Strength training can be quite intoxicating, in the best possible sense, because you’ll feel the benefits and you’ll simultaneously fuel your passion to grind through the tough days.
This also translates to the rest of your daily chores, as you’ll be more adamant to keep going and overcome other fears and limitations in your life.
Paired with aerobic training, resistance workouts are the key to a healthy lifestyle, even in old age. For ladies, one of the greatest perks is lowering your risk of osteoporosis, as strength workouts balance your hormones and build stronger bones. They also improve your stability, balance, and coordination, making you less prone to falls and other injuries.
They also balance your insulin levels and tame inflammation. Thus helping in the prevention of other diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and numerous others. We all want to age as gracefully as possible. With dignity, and remaining independent and healthy in old age is vital to achieving this goal.
You’ll love your reflection
Ultimately, regular strength training offers much more than skin-deep benefits when it comes to your confidence. As you see yourself push through the plateaus, move boundaries, overcome your fears, and reach your fitness goals, you’ll strengthen your belief in yourself and your self-love. It’s not just the toned legs or washboard abs. It’s the feeling of strength, ability, and energy that comes with being able to perform those workouts. And see yourself rise above the challenge.
Of course, it’s wonderful to enjoy the results of your labor in the form of your lean physique. However, as a woman in this world dominated by unrealistic, fabricated beauty expectations. You will learn to love, respect, and appreciate yourself on a much deeper level than your appearance.
No, you cannot get bulky overnight if you sneak a peek into the weight room. Nor will you lose weight if you keep yielding to those sugar cravings after a tough workout. A healthy lifestyle is based on the balance in everything you do. Hence the need to drop the stereotypes and pick up a dumbbell. Because you’re already that bad ass you aspire to become, all you need to do is let it emerge.
Bio: Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.