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Think women should not do strength training ? Fitness guru busts this myth

Published on:11 May 2021, 10:00am IST
Strength training is not a ‘men only’ choice of workout and women should consider it for availing a variety of benefits such as enhanced endurance, reduced stress levels and improved heart health.
Jitendra Chouksey
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Women actually have a lot to gain from strength training! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

For years, women have been led to believe that lifting weights will make them more masculine and bulky. However, contrary to popular belief, strength training, commonly also known as weight training, helps women achieve their fitness and health goals. In fact, there are several benefits that women can experience by including any kind of strength training just twice a week – whether it is free weights, resistance bands or even bodyweight exercises. 

Benefits of strength training
1. Increased strength and improved endurance

According to studies, strength training enables women to develop muscles, which results in greater stamina, agility, and power to carry out any simple tasks or even improve their athletic performance.

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Try your hands on strength exercises and get toned arms in a month. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Increased calorie burn

Muscle development translates into an increase in metabolic rate, which helps burn calories not only during the workout but also after. This is because muscles require relatively more energy to sustain themselves when the body is at rest, hence, burning makes the body burn calories throughout the day.

3. Better sleep quality

Sleep plays a critical role in helping the body rest and repair itself. The rigours of strength training can help promote deeper and better quality of sleep.

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Sleep well now to avoid mental disorders in the future. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes

Strength training helps in better regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure levels, as well as reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In fact, according to studies, women who routinely included any type of strength training in their regime, experience a 30 percent reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2D), while the risk of them developing cardiovascular disease decreased by 17 percent.

5. Improved bone density

As women age, the risk of osteoporosis increases. Several studies suggest that strength training can help improve bone density over time, making them stronger by encouraging bone-forming cells to activate. This considerably reduces the chances of women developing age-related osteoporosis. Moreover, stronger bones and increased muscle mass can help build better functional strength.

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Strength training along with diet can do wonders. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
6. Elevated mood, reduced anxiety and stress

Exercise in general releases endorphins, a hormone responsible for improving our mood. According to research, resistance training can reliably and robustly reduce anxiety and stress. Another benefit of strength training is that it can also boost your confidence as your body becomes more toned and fit.

Strength training is not only essential to achieve fitness goals but also to promote overall well-being. However, it is also important to note that one must train under the right guidance and follow the correct techniques, such as working out at a pace that is comfortable, focussing on form rather than the amount of weight being lifted and resting and recuperating for muscle repair and growth.

Jitendra Chouksey Jitendra Chouksey

A first-generation entrepreneur, Jitendra Chouksey (better known as JC) is the Founder and CEO of Fittr, a community-first online health and fitness platform. He took a simple idea of helping his friends get fit over WhatsApp and then on Facebook; and turned it into an entrepreneurial adventure called Fittr. Today, Fittr has trained and transformed more than 200,000 people around the globe, provided jobs to over 600 people, built a community of more than 2 million people, and has democratised fitness.