If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we absolutely love weight training. In fact, it’s by far our favourite way to train ourselves and all of the babes that we coach face to face and online. When we first started lifting weights 18 years ago, we instantly fell in love with the way we felt during and after our training sessions and loved watching and feeling how quickly our bodies transformed. Now, many many, many years later, we still LOVE the feeling of getting stronger and the fact that we have the ability to sculpt and shape our physiques, but over time we have seen so many more positive effects that training with weights has had on our bodies and the bodies of our babes too.
We all know that exercise is good for us, but when we think about exercising for health a lot of people picture cardiovascular exercise, like going for a run, playing sports, or swimming laps. These are all great activities to stay healthy and fit, but we want to share a different perspective and encourage you to add resistance training to the list of things we can do to transform our bodies and improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Strength training is an amazing way for us to strengthen and shape our bodies, but these definitely aren’t the only benefits. We want to show you just how amazing this training tool really is, so we have made a list of some of the other benefits of strength training that don’t have anything to do with building muscle, losing fat or shaping our physiques!
Here are some of the amazing ways that strength training can benefit us:
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 mindsWeight 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 benefitsResistance 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 diseasesExercise 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 jointsAs 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 lifeStrength 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.
So there you have it! A BRIEF list of some of the ways that we can benefit from strength training to inspire you to get started. We will go into more detail on each topic, plus lots more in future articles.
As personal trainers, it is always our goal to encourage, educate and support our babes, so they can better understand and experience the benefits of strength training for themselves! If you are someone who is new to the world of weights, or interested in strength training but feel too intimidated to step into the weights room, or if you want to improve your health and fitness but don’t know where to start, there is one message that we want to get across to you…..
Weights training is for EVERYBODY, and once you start, you’ll see that it isn’t as scary as it looks!
It’s actually incredibly empowering and something that anyone of any experience level or ability can do. You don’t need to be the fittest, the strongest, or the most coordinated person to start reaping the benefits of strength training. You don’t need an expensive gym membership or lots of equipment.
You can start right now! Ok, well maybe as soon as you have read our next blog!
We know that’s easier said than done, and starting something new like weight training can feel totally daunting at first. That’s why we are here to help and guide you through the process, so stay tuned for our next blog, where we will share our own journey, and walk you through our recommendations on how you can get started on your very own weight training journey.
We hope you’re feeling as excited as us to hit the weights babes!
Lots of love,
Felicia & Diana xx
Your Online Personal Trainers