If you thing weight lifting is for muscle-bound men only, it’s time to revise your thinking. Load bearing exercises are a vital part of women’s exercise routines.
Women lose bone mass at a more rapid rate than men as they age. Load bearing exercises help to reverse this situation. When coupled with calcium supplements and a balanced diet, this is one of the best things to maintain bone density and good posture.
Free weights are a good tool to use in this process, but exercises that use your own body weight can be helpful as well. Using the resistance of your body weight is a good way to exercise and several pieces of equipment use this as an inherent part of their equipment design.
Think about some of the ways that you can use your own body weight to provide lifting or load bearing exercise. Push-ups, deep knee bends, leg-lifts and many other exercises are based on using body weight. Sit-ups or crunches is another great exercise that uses body weight and helps to build up the abdomen muscles as well as benefiting bone density.
Exercise in general and load bearing exercises in particular help to convert fat into muscle. You may not see a rapid weight loss when you participate in a good exercise program because muscle weighs more than fat. You will see a major change in the conformation of your body as your posture and general appearance improve.
Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of excessive bone loss or osteoporosis due to inactivity. Exercise will not only help to minimiz bone loss, but it will improve your life in many other areas. Your ability to enjoy your daily life and participate in more strenuous activities will improve. Hiking, swimming, tennis, and even sexual activity may be enhanced. Exercise is one of the best things that anyone can do to improve their life.
Your friends will notice your improvements in appearance, but in addition, they will notice the attitude change and the way that it has influenced how you face the world in your daily life.
You need to make the decision. Do you want to continue on the downward path to poor health, bone loss, poor posture and poor sense of well-being, or do you want to take a positive step to being the best woman that you can be? Don’t look at life as a chore, but as an opportunity to face each day as a challenge to improve your station in life and your health in particular.
You will find that when you exercise that you will have a more positive outlook on life. Your attitude will mirror the sense of well-being that comes from the increased activity.
It is easy to dread exercise in the early stages if you have never been an active person, but you will find that it is self-perpetuating. The more that you do, the more you will be able to do and the desire to exercise will become almost compulsive.
Take that first step to better health today and make a pledge to start an exercise program that includes the essential load-bearing necessary to maintain better bone density that is so vital in women.