The quick and easy answer is YES! Strength training is very important to women’s health. Consider this:
Strength training offers many benefits including preserving muscle mass, which helps to burn extra calories and control weight. It is also very beneficial to building healthy bones in women.
And, as women age, and as early as the age of 30 they start to lose bone mass, loss of this bone mass means that a woman may be susceptible to osteoporosis. This is a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. Think about this:
“The reduced quality of life for those with osteoporosis is enormous. Osteoporosis can result in disfigurement, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility, and decreased independence.
The statistics related to hip fractures are particularly disturbing. There were approximately 25,000 hip fractures in Canada in 1993. Twenty-eight per cent of women and 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the following year. Over 80% of all fractures in people 50+ are caused by osteoporosis.”2
A woman can also decrease the risk of injury by protecting joints, and increasing balance & coordination. Another thing to think about:
And women should not be concerned about ‘bulking up’ during strength training. There are several ways to include strength training in an exercise routine such as:
If you're not a member of Natatia's One On One Fitness and you're not certain on how to use any of these training tools with proper form and technique, try out one of Natatia's One On One Fitness individualized programs or group programs - find them HERE!
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