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Weight Training

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

5 reasons to include it in your weekly exercise schedule...

Hey ladies, are you including weight training in your weekly exercise routine?

If not, here are 5 reasons why you should:

1. Increases strength without bulking

Women typically have 10% of the testosterone that men have. Therefore, you’d have to train extremely hard and at high volumes to build considerable muscle mass

2. Enhances metabolism and increases fat loss

A session of lifting weights can cause your metabolism to rise for up to 48 hours after the workout. This prolonged boost in metabolism creates a higher calorie burn, resulting in greater fat loss.

3. Reduces risk of injury, back pain and arthritis

Along with strengthening muscles, regular weightlifting increases bone density which reduces the risk of bone fractures. It also builds stronger connective tissue and increases joint stability, resulting in a reduced risk of lower back pain and osteoarthritis.

4. Increases self-confidence and improves mood

Exercising (including weightlifting) results in the production and release of mood-improving chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins which help relieve pain and reduce stress. Women who participate in weight training programmes also commonly report feeling more confident and capable as a result of their programme.

5. Reduces risk of developing heart disease and diabetes

Regular weightlifting improves cardiovascular health by lowering "bad" cholesterol (LDL) levels and increasing "good" cholesterol (HDL) levels, which results in lower blood pressure. Including weight training as part of your routine can also improve the way your body processes sugar, lowering your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.


Meet the author

Amanda Grant (BSc, PGDip, CHC) is a certified health coach, nutritional therapist, personal trainer and group exercise instructor with over 10 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. Founder of Sculptrition, Amanda provides bespoke health and fitness coaching for women of all ages and health backgrounds, specialising in weight loss without restriction.

You can also pick up health tips, recipes, and more by following Sculptrition on Instagram.

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