When I first laid eyes on mature ladies lifting heavy weights at powerlifting competitions I was pleasantly surprised. Yes there were many middle aged or older women not only keeping up with the young girls but many were winning, some were even seasoned champions that were very difficult to beat. So why don’t we see more mature ladies hitting the weights? We are definitely seeing a rise in gym attendance for ladies in the weights room. Best we go over the top benefits of why adding weight training to your week is going to improve your wellbeing, so without further delay here’s my top 8 reasons why hitting the weights are a must.

8. Helps maintain a healthy weight.

Hitting the weights leads to an increase in lean muscle mass, which in turn burns more body fat. The beauty of weight training is that it keeps burning calories even while you’re at rest for up to 48 hours afterward.

7. Weight training makes you feel good, literally.

It’s true that exercise helps your brain create endorphins and there is no exception for weight training, releasing those feel good endorphins. Aim for at least 3 moderately intense weight training sessions a week.

6. You’ll be functionally stronger

It’s true that you’ll find it easier to move the furniture but your everyday life will be easier as well. Even smaller jobs like doing the shopping will feel easier with a bit of added strength.

5. Social Outlet

Whilst this might not be true for everyone, definitely for many people who lift find it to be a great boost to your social life. This is especially true if you’re in a positive gym environment (why would you go anywhere else?)

4. Great for your heart

Cardio isn’t the only way to a healthier heart, weightlifting also helps maintain great heart health increasing blood circulation throughout the body.

3. Helps Prevent Osteoporosis & Arthritis

Progressive overload and resistance training has been proven to strengthen bones, and stronger bones are more resistant to Osteoporosis. This is a top need for older women as hormone changes make mature ladies more susceptible to brittle bones.

2. Strengthens Joints

Just like strengthening the bones, resistance training also helps strengthen the tendons which in turns makes your joints stronger.

1. It’s Anti Ageing

As they say use it of lose it, and not only will lifting the weights make sure that you give it your best shot of preventing and reversing the aging process. Obviously all the other benefits are going to help improve your health which in turn is going to help with your sense of wellbeing.

So next time you think of exercise for fitness, put weight training at the top of your list.