“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.