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Ladies, Here's Why You Should Strength Train

By Sara Butler

Traditionally, strength training was seen as something for men to use to "bulk up." It's become increasingly clear over time that strength training is important for everyone, male and female, and has little to do with getting "swole." The truth is that there are a plethora of health benefits you can unlock through strength training, especially if you're a woman. Here are just a few of the reasons ladies should add strength training to their workout regimen.

Protection from Injury

When you strengthen the muscles of your body, then you're helping to add stability to your body. Your core muscles are a perfect example. Strong core muscles help to create a strong and healthy spine that is less likely to be injured when it has to work overtime to support itself. The impact is similar to different joints, such as knees and hips. If you have strong leg muscles, then you'll have more stable knees and hips too.

The moral of the story? The more time you spend in the weight room, the less time you'll likely spend recovering from an injury!

Increased Muscle Mass

As you get older, your body loses more and more muscle mass each year. By the time you hit 30, you can lose up to 5 percent of muscle mass each decade of life. That's why it's so important to focus on strength training as you get older, because healthy muscle mass pretty much ensures continued health and wellness in most other areas of your life, such a maintaining healthy body weight.

Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

Speaking of body weight, you can help fight off the metabolic changes your body goes through as you age with strength training. That's because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns in a day -- and burning more calories helps you to maintain healthy body weight.

Improve Your Quality of Life

As you get older you must remain strong in every way -- physically, emotionally, and mentally. Fitness is one way you can make your life easier, increase your energy, and feel good no matter how old you are. Plus, being strong physically helps to reduce the chances of falls, a common problem for older people that can lead to a reduced quality of life.

Strength training is important to everyone! If you need more guidance on the right kind of strength training exercises for you, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Long Beach, Calif.

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