Times have changed, women are no longer discouraged from lifting weights for fear they will become ‘too muscly’.
The benefits of strength training are now recognised in the Federal Government’s Physical Activity Guidelines, which recommend a minimum of twice-weekly muscle strengthening exercise – with no difference between the sexes.
The benefits of strength training include:
- Strength training leads to more muscle, which can increase the client’s resting metabolic rate. This in turn can decrease body fat, and associated health risks such as diabetes and heart disease.
- A strong body holds itself properly and withstands any stress being placed on it, leading to less pain caused by muscle weakness and imbalance, and a reduced risk of injury.
- A healthy, strong body can carry out daily tasks easily and comfortably; this is physically empowering and builds a strong sense of independence.
- Strong bodies equal bodies with higher bone density, which leads to a reduced risk of osteoporosis; a condition that effects 25% of Australian women aged 50 and over. While this may not yet be a concern to your client, it is important to think ahead.
- A healthy body equals a healthy mind. Sticking to a strength building program and experiencing the health benefits helps maintain mental and emotional balance.
As with all new training programs, a health assessment is required. If your client has pre-existing injuries, it’s important to speak to the health professional managing their injury to ensure your training program won’t exacerbate the injury.
Our bodies are designed to move and withstand everyday external stressors, so everybody has much to gain from a regular strength training program.