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“Unexpected” benefits for women who lift weights

“Unexpected” benefits for women who lift weights

POSTED BY: Jennifer Hockaday on April 12, 2019, 10:29 a.m.

I’m a personal trainer and group class instructor at Time 2 Change Fitness for Women, so it probably will come as no surprise to you when I say that weight-lifting, a.k.a. strength-training, offers many benefits.

You’re probably familiar with the more commonly discussed benefits — like, weight-training builds muscles, helps burn body fat and facilitates better health (heart health, for example).

How Women Benefit From Weight-Lifting

Here — in no particular order, other than a trainer’s stream of consciousness! — are the benefits many of the women I work with experience, thanks to regular exercise that includes lifting something heavy (a barbell, kettle ball, free weight, etc.).

  • Ability to do difficult activities around the house, e.g., painting, getting up and down a ladder, moving furniture and other heavy items, gardening and lawn care
  • Being able to lift, chase and play with kids and/or grandkids
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Realizing you’re much stronger physically and mentally than you ever realized
  • Improving coordination, balance and agility
  • Being able to get down and back up off of the floor

Need to Know a Few More Benefits? How About …

  • Stronger bone density
  • Being a good example for family, friends and co-workers
  • Improved cognition and brain function
  • Increased daily energy
  • You now find you’re interested in other forms of fitness, too — e.g., running, kickboxing, swimming, cycling or trying new classes at the gym
  • Being able to care for loved ones who are in poor health or bed-ridden — for example, helping them get up or moving them around
  • Higher resting metabolic rate
  • Reduced back, knee and shoulder pain through strengthening the muscles that surround those joints
  • Feeling muscles contract when doing activities of daily living, like pushing a shopping cart, carrying kids or lifting shopping bags
  • Learning how to lift heavy objects properly without hurting your lower back muscles by using your (stronger now, thanks to regular resistance-training) glutes and legs

And One of My Favorites …

  • Feeling more connected to your body!

If you’re ready to experience these benefits, come work out with me and the other trainers at Time 2 Change! And if you’d like to read some of the personal testimonials from our T2C members, you can read their words here.

Jenn Hockaday Time 2 Change Fitness for Women trainer
Jennifer (a.k.a. Jenn) Hockaday, a trainer at Time 2 Change Fitness in Lee’s Summit, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, an NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist, and she has an Associate’s degree in Exercise Science. Learn more about Jenn here.