Resistance training is a form of physical activity geared towards improving muscular fitness by exercising a muscle group or muscle against external force. It is often associated with weight lifting but can also incorporate a variety of training modalities such as calisthenics, isometrics and plyometrics.
And now that you know what it is, here are four reasons why I'd like you to challenge yourself with resistance training.
1. Development of movement patterns & pain reduction: Strength training helps to target underutilized muscle groups & also improves overall movement patterns leading to significant decreases in musculoskeletal pain
2. Decreased risk in NCDs: Strength training can significantly improve insulin sensitivity, metabolic efficiency and reduce inflammatory markers within the body. Individuals who engage in regular strength training may enjoy a 40 to 70 percent decrease in NCD risk (Liu et al., 2019)
3. Retention & improvement in Bone Density
Women are more predisposed to osteoporosis than men
Bone, like muscle and fat, is a dynamic tissue, and the body is constantly breaking it down and replacing it. The rate of bone accretion (increase in bone) must exceed the rate of bone reabsorption for this tissue to remain strong and healthy. Likewise, some stress must be placed on the skeleton for this process to occur. Resistance training is the best way to place the correct amount of stress on bone tissue to increase bone formation
4. Reduce stress & anxiety: Resistance training can help to reduce stress and anxiety through the release of endorphins and other chemicals in the brain. Plus if you feel to punch something that energy would be best used lifting
Source: Lifting for Women: Why women should lift (Nicole Golden)