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Strength Training's Hidden Gems for Women

September 4, 2023

Strength Training's Hidden Gems for Women

September 4, 2023

The moment has come for women to grasp the massive positive impact that strength training can have on their lives. Going far beyond physical appearance, it fosters significant improvements in health, empowerment, and quality of life.

 

While the aesthetic benefits of strength training are often highlighted, it’s important to recognise the profound benefits that this practice offers, particularly for women. So, setting aesthetics aside, let’s dive deeper into why strength training can be so life changing for women, starting with the basics.

Improving Bone Health

 

One of the most well-known benefits of strength training for women is its impact on bone health. The gender disparity in bone health is well-documented, with women being more susceptible to conditions like osteoporosis due to hormonal fluctuations, particularly the decline in oestrogen during menopause. Oestrogen, a hormone pivotal in maintaining bone density, slows down the natural process of bone breakdown and promotes the formation of new bone tissue. However, during menopause, oestrogen levels plummet, leaving bones vulnerable to rapid deterioration and fractures.

 

Strength training emerges as a shield against this vulnerability. By engaging in regular resistance exercises, women can boost their bone density, providing a strong defence against osteoporosis and fractures. The pre-menopausal years serve as a crucial window of opportunity to maximise bone density, enabling women to build higher reserves that can reduce the effects of oestrogen decline.

Guarding Against Chronic Diseases

 

Beyond bone health, the benefits of strength training extend to safeguarding women against chronic diseases. The modern sedentary lifestyle has paved the way for ailments like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis to flourish. Strength training offers a proactive defence by enhancing insulin sensitivity, improving cardiovascular health, and fortifying joints and connective tissues.

 

Now, let’s delve into the often underestimated advantages of women’s strength training. While the tangible health benefits of strength training are monumental, the truly remarkable transformations often lie beneath the surface – hidden gems that profoundly impact daily life and well-being.

  1. Enhanced Mobility and Quality of Life:

Strength training contributes to increased muscle mass, which fuels enhanced mobility and functional movement. Simple everyday tasks that might have once posed challenges – like lifting boxes, running for a bus and opening a jar – become easier. These victories, while seemingly minor, are empowering and make a big difference to both the quality and enjoyment of life.

 

  1. Improved Mental Health:

Strength training molds mental resilience. The release of endorphins during exercise is well-documented, triggering positive emotions that alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Moreover, the practice acts as a time for stress reduction, offering an opportunity for women to disconnect from the pressures of daily life. The camaraderie found in group workouts or the solace of solitary exercise in nature can amplify these mental health benefits, creating a sense of well-being and connection.

 

  1. Confidence and Self-Belief:

Strength training helps to build an unshakable sense of self-belief and confidence. As women witness their bodies achieving feats of strength, they develop trust in their capabilities. This shift in self-perception empowers them to embrace challenges, through a deep-seated understanding of their own potential.

Coming to understand how much you are truly capable of? Now that’s life changing. In a world bombarded by media messages that prioritise aesthetics and conformity, when you understand the real benefits of strength training you can find a counter-narrative. It invites women to shift their focus from the superficial to the meaningful – from how they look to what they can accomplish and how they feel. The journey of building physical strength goes beyond the gym; it affects all aspects of life, redefining personal narratives, empowering women to take on big challenges, improving mental health and experiencing the joy of life in a body that feels strong and capable.

If you don’t currently strength train regularly, this is your cue to start. A stronger, more confident, healthier and happier you is waiting.

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