In case you didn't gather it from previous blog posts, strength training has changed my body, it has changed the way I eat, and it has changed my life!
There are so many EXTREMELY beneficial reasons women should train with weights. Let's list some of them...
Reasons to Strength Train:
You will be less injury prone.
It helps runners run longer, faster, and more efficiently.
You continue to burn calories after your workout.
Strength training gives you confidence.
Strength training will change your body composition.
(More muscle and less fat? Sign me up!)
Strength training stops, prevents, and reverses muscle loss.
Strength training helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
Some recommended reading for you!
Here are the excellent articles I used to compile the list. I would definitely suggest reading them, as they explain things better than I ever could!
Women and Strength Training Myths by Joe Cannon.
5 Reasons Weight Training is Better than Cardio by Tara Senic
3 Reasons Strength Training Will Benefit Your Run by Leslie Goldman
Also, I urge you to read Nia Shank's article: 30 Rules to Lift Like a Girl and Look Absolutely Awesome! I'm not big on "rules", but use them more as suggestions and use what works for you and your life.
Last, but not least...
Are you one of those gals that is convinced lifting heavy weights will make you "big" or "bulky"? Then please read this excellent article at Crossfit FMS: The Fear of Bulkiness and Crossfit. (I have never done Crossfit, but I do know they lift heavy weights!)
Why Do I Strength Train?
1. I like feeling physically strong.
2. It gives me confidence.
3. I like the way my muscles look.
4. It has made me a faster runner.
5. I can carry all my groceries in at once. (Hehehehe!)
Why do YOU strength train?