Weight training can also improve overall health. You’ll gain strength, which can help you avoid injuries. A weight training routine also increases bone density, which helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Finally, weight training is and excellent exercise routine for older folks. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass. The only way to even maintain the muscle you currently have is weight training. Also, people who train with weights tend to have fewer falls and better overall balance. And of course, older women should pay special attention to the paragraph above about osteoporosis.
You may ask, what type of is right for me? The simple answer is just about any routine that provides resistance against muscles. Heck you can even begin your weight training routine right now (you don’t even really need weights). Try this – bend your left arm at the elbow so that your forearm is parallel to the floor with your hand facing the ceiling. Now put your right hand on top of your left. Try to touch your left hand to your shoulder (pivoting only your elbow) while pressing down with your right hand.
Congratulations! You’ve just begun your first weight training routine.
Why do women tend to shy away from weight training routines? Look in just about any gym and you’ll see mostly women in the aerobics classes and mostly men pumping the free weights. Maybe its the idea that if women do weight training they will become muscle bound freaks.
Well ladies, if you want a drop dead figure then weight training is for you! Trust me, you will not look like a muscle bound freak, just very toned and totally sexy. You’ll look and feel better. And, as you age, you’ll be much less susceptible to problems like osteoporosis and bone fractures.
I know it can be a bit intimidating going to the gym and walking over the free weight area (not to mention the cat calls). You can easily get started with dumb bells, weight machines, and even body weight exercises (like pushups). The key is to start your weight training routine as soon as possible.
There are a few great weight training resources for women, but here’s a hint – you can use any of the one’s listed above. Just don’t tell you boyfriend, brother, or husband, because pretty soon you’ll be able to bench press more than they can.