Almost nothing will impact your life like strength training. With the benefits shown to include a healthier heart, stronger bones, better fat loss, injury reduction, and improved physical function - you would be mad not to do it!
Strength training will increase your fitness for even just everyday tasks like climbing the stairs or even carrying shopping. The better your muscles are trained, the more you can do before you get tired. It is even more beneficial if you take part in sports, with strength training being related to improved performance, injury reduction, and increased speed and mobility.
Strength training has been shown to increase bone density and reduces the risk of fractures. With older women, in particular, losing up to 2% of bone density a year, strength training is advised to help maintain bone density. Younger women should train to build strong muscles and bones that will benefit them later in life. Strength training has also been linked with reduced depression symptoms and even anxiety reduction. With depression diagnoses on the rise, this is an important finding. It is important to remember though that is not a replacement for medical help, just another tool to help you fight these symptoms.
It feels good! It is a great feeling when you see progress and lift a weight you never thought you could. It will feel great to know that you are now strong enough to do things that may have interested you in the past that you were wary of taking part in like doing an obstacle race, taking part in competitions, hiking, and sports. Physical activity won't seem as daunting as it used to be.
Strive to get stronger each week and you will see a transformation not only in your body but also in your mindset too.