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Why do I love strength training?

Low bone density and osteoporosis are on the rise and stats are showing that diagnosis is becoming more prevalent in women from 35 years of age!! One of the main reasons that these figures are beginning to sky rocket is due to physical inactivity.

Here’s a few of my own personal reasons and research on why I choose to do strength training (not an hour a day, but 15 minute sessions a couple of times a week):

  • Strength training (bodyweight and weights) is a great way to increase bone density and associated physical strength
  • By incorporating some physical activity (particularly strength training) into your week, you have (at the very least) 17% more bone strength than your non-active peers.
  • Pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and caring for your little people for years on end places extra demand on our bodies, motherhood is a wonderful time to regain lost strength and take it to new levels
  • Yes, as mummies we are busier than ever before, but sometimes it’s about prioritising your time and making some short windows of exercise work for you and your family.
  • As women, we lose so much muscle as we age that by the time we are 70, most of us have lost 55% of our muscle mass
  • 2 to 3 times per week (15 mins at a time) of doing strength training (in the form of HIIT workouts) has been excellent for helping me build strength, muscle mass and keep within a healthy weight range
  • Our skin naturally loses elasticity as we age, by filling it out with some subtle muscle, it helps slow down this process
  • Doing strength work or lifting weights will not make you ‘bulky!’ – the layer of fat on top of the muscle is often what makes us look bulky.
  • HIIT workouts and eating clean, wholefoods are key to lowering body fat. Whether it’s in your backyard, park, lounge room – think outside the square.
  • Get a professional to show you technique if need be. There are plenty of PT’s that will just do a couple of technique sessions for you.
  • Add 1-2 workouts to your week. Build from there. Baby steps. BASIC movements have tremendous results. Don’t over think it.
  • I want to be able to keep up with my kids for as long as I can!😄