When I first walked in to a gym (1993) . Gyms were VERY different to today. They were mainly filled with men and a very small handful of women. The gym would always be divided in to two areas , as men lifted weights and women just used the cardio equipment.

Thankfully times have changed and more and more women are now lifting weights as well as doing various forms of cardio.

If you still do not think lifting weights is for you. Here are just a handful of the benefits:

Stronger bones and connective tissue

Lifting weights is load bearing exercise which helps strengthen your bones. Maintaining strong and healthy bones lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Anti aging 

You lose muscle and strength as you age, however if you strength train you will develop and retain your strength and muscle mass helping to maintain your youthful shape.

Heart health 

Lifting weights can reduce your risk of heart disease. A number studies have found that those who lift weights are less likely to have heart disease risk factors such as a large waist circumference, high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, and elevated glucose levels.

More effective fat loss

Although some people still consider weightlifting only a means to add size, when contrasted head-to-head against cardiovascular exercise, resistance training comes out on top in the battle to burn calories. The huge advantage to weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat during and after exercise.

Stress relief

Weight lifting like any exercise makes you feel good. The endorphins that are released during aerobic activities are also present during resistance training plus it can be a confidence booster as you feel more confident about your appearance.