Ladies – start lifting weights. It’s important for us – especially as we age. Here 8¬†important reasons why weight training for women needs to be taken more seriously:

1. Weight Training Will Help You Lose More Fat Than You’ll Gain in Muscle.
There have been numerous weight training studies involving thousands of women and never had anyone complaint about bulking up. In fact, research shows that the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for eight weeks gains 1.75 pounds of lean weight or muscle and loses 3.5 pounds of fat. Unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from strength training, because compared to men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause bulking up.

2. Weight Training Will Help Your New Muscle Fight Obesity.
As you add muscle from strength training, your resting metabolism will increase, so you’ll burn more calories all day long. For each pound of muscle you gain, you’ll burn 35 to 50 more calories daily. So, for example, if you gain three pounds of muscle and burn 40 extra calories for each pound, you’ll burn 120 more calories per day, or approximately 3,600 more calories per month. That equates to a loss of 10 to 12 pounds in one year!

3. Weight Training Will Make You Stronger.
Studies indicate that a moderate weight training program increases a woman’s strength by 30 to 50 percent. Extra strength will make it easier to accomplish some daily activities, such as lifting children or groceries.

4. Your Bones Will Benefit From Weight Training.
By the time you leave high school, you have established all the bone mineral density you’ll ever have–unless you strength train. Research has found that weight training can increase spinal bone mineral density by 13 percent in six months. So strength training is a powerful tool against osteoporosis.

5. Weight Training Will Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes.
Adult-onset diabetes is a growing problem for women and men. Research indicates that weight training can increase glucose utilization in the body by 23 percent in four months.

6. Weight Training Will Fight Heart Disease.
Strength training will improve your cholesterol profile and blood pressure, according to recent research. Of course, your exercise program should also include cardiovascular exercise and flexibility training.

7. Weight Training Will Beat Back Pain and Fight Arthritis.
A recent 12-year study showed that strengthening the low-back muscles had an 80 percent success rate in eliminating or alleviating low-back pain. Other studies have indicated that weight training for women can ease arthritis pain and strengthen joints.

8. Weight Training Will Strengthen Your Mental Health.
A Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard counseling did. Women who strength train commonly report feeling more confident and capable as a result of their training program.