It is a proven fact that lifting weights has lots of health benefits for women. Regular weight training leads to increased strength, size, power and endurance of skeletal muscles. It can also help reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain, physical disabilities, heart disease, and premature death. It even allows older folks to live independently longer, as it delays frailty and lessens the likelihood of falls. Whether weight training is done using machines, handheld weights, exercise bands, or one’s own body weight, the results are essentially the same.
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However, even with all of this evidence, many ladies still do not lift weights. Far too many of you gals believe the myths that lifting weights is hard, or unnecessary or unattractive. So, this problem needs to be solved. But how?
First, arm yourself with knowledge and information. Doing a little research online will help eliminate any fears you may have that lifting weights will turn you into an Amazon woman/
You’ll also learn that lifting heavier weights can help you lose weight, look better, have stronger bones, lift your mood, and give you a better quality of life.
Second, let go of the excuse that you can’t afford to go to a gym. There are lots of affordable options out there such as the Clubfit gyms that are funded by the Singapore Sports Council. They charge an entry fee of only $2.50 per day. I promise that the benefits you’ll gain from weight lifting will far out-weigh this minor cost.
Third, don’t let ‘trying something new’ scare you. Seek out a qualified trainer or coach to guide you and teach you the proper weight-lifting techniques. There are many female coaches who can help you forget about your fears, and will understand where you are coming from.
Are you ready to stop making excuses? Great — Now get motivated! You must want it! I have a 49-year-old female client who started with me two years ago. At that time, she was only able to do air squats. But, now she can do 30 kg squats with good technique. Along with her newfound strength, she has less knee and back pain, even though she lifts very light weights only once a week. Always remember, success fuels success. So, get out there and do it!