Traditionally, strength training exercises have been looked at as more of a “masculine” activity which leads to a larger muscles and muscular physique. This is the stereotype we have heard before.
But this couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Resistance and strength training is just as important for women as it is for men and the main focus of using weights with exercise is not to grow large muscles and look like competitive body builders, which is why we wanted to debunk the myths around strength training and share the true focus of why it is important for women to consider adding to weekly routines if they aren’t already.
In This Episode You Will Learn:
1). Meredith’s motivation for dedicating a full episode to this topic and how muscle loss as we age affects our ability to live active lifestyles.
2). How strength training for women is not just for younger people but should be incorporated throughout life, even as we get older.
3). How strength training not only benefits our muscles, but also our heart health as well.
4). Why it’s important to stay consistent with strength training even as the body may feel sore from exercising. Not all soreness is bad!
5). Meredith’s advice on how often women should incorporate strength training into their weekly routine and making sure there is a good mix between strength exercises and cardio.
We hope the tips and information we’ve shared in this episode are helpful to you especially if you’re curious about adding strength training to your weekly exercises. Incorporating weights and/or resistance bands should be a priority. For women, the benefits of strength training are just as important as the benefits from other exercises like walking, jogging, aerobics etc. Having a good balance of cardio AND strength can lead to a longer, healthier, more independent life for years to come.