Improves our bone health
Strength training is a great way to increase bone density and strength. It can also help to prevent the bone loss that typically comes with aging. Osteoporosis affects 1 in 4 Australian women over 75, so strength training can be really beneficial at any age, but building strong bones in our younger years is a particularly important prevention measure.
Strengthens and calms our minds
Weight training is SO beneficial to our mental health. It can help manage and reduce anxiety and depression, improve our memory and cognition, improve our self esteem, help us with goal setting, enhance our focus and concentration, and so many other things!
Female-specific health benefits
Resistance training has been suggested as a way to help reduce and manage the symptoms of hormonal disorders like PCOS. It is also an incredible tool to strengthen and support our bodies during pregnancy and post child birth.
Prevents and treats chronic diseases
Exercise is such a powerful way to lower our risk factors for so many diseases, or to improve symptoms of existing disease. We know that we can reduce the risk or symptoms of conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and many more with regular strength training and other types of exercise.
Fortifies our muscles and joints
As we get older (past middle age), it’s normal for us to lose some muscle and strength but this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Age-related muscle loss is called sarcopenia, and in the older population it can increase risk of injury and limit mobility. Strength training is one of our best defences against this! It’s also an amazing way to strengthen our cartilage, tendons and ligaments and improve the overall health and stability of our joints.
Helps us get the most out of life
Strength training teaches our bodies to move and feel better. It can help to lower inflammation across our entire body, prevent and treat chronic pain (including headaches and back pain), give us more energy and reduce feelings of fatigue (even if we have chronic fatigue) and can have an amazing flow-on effect to other areas of fitness, like increasing our cardiovascular fitness. So even if you are already active, strength training can compliment whatever training you are already doing.