Many women nowadays are into resistance training and there is an excellent reason for it. Resistance training not only builds strength, it also builds confidence in how you move allowing you to be active and healthy. Some get into resistance training through engaging in particular sports, however it doesn’t need to be any more complicated than adding some weights to your current fitness routines. Honestly, having a can of beans to hand is all you need. Resistance training is important as we age to ensure we maintain our strength to do everyday activities.
Before you start lifting weights or training with resistance bands (elastic or fabric), you should know the proper ways on how to execute the exercise. Many people seriously encounter injuries when they incorrectly lift weights. It is also important that you also work on shifting any excess weight that you have by walking, jogging or any other cardio-based exercise. In the same way that You Can’t Out Train a Bad Diet, you also can’t lose weight by just pumping iron!
Women usually do not have the natural muscle structure that most men have. They may not also have the same strength to carry heavy loads or the same resistance that men have. This strength also diminishes as you age. Likely that your body may no longer have the same strength when you were still young. This happens because of the lifestyle you have or just because of ageing process. Your resistance may have just decreased and your body tends to weaken as a result. No matter, there is something you can do about it.
You can benefit many things when you get into resistance training. Even if you are not an athlete or a body-building enthusiasts, you can get into resistance training programs. Having an active body and well-toned muscles can provide you the more strength and good resistance. You can do some workout outdoors like walking or jogging to get a better blood circulation.
You may also do some stretching and warm up exercises to allow the blood nutrients to go to the muscles and joints of your body. Muscle stretching also helps in lessening the risks of injuries and muscle pains after the workout. Muscles tend to sore and get strained if you are not well warmed-up and do the proper stretching techniques before the workout.
In addition, muscle stretching also gives you more flexibility. You will be able to execute exercises comfortably and effectively. It is advisable that you do repetitive stretching and warm ups. Repetition of exercises makes your muscles and joints more enhanced and more adapted to the motion you are executing.
When you are ready to lift weights or stretch bands, you should first work on your larger muscles then the smaller ones. You may then finally go to the muscles that are isolated. You may execute push-ups that can enhance the upper muscles of the body. Before doing triceps extension exercises, you should first focus on the larger muscle groups such as the muscle found in your butt. You may execute exercises like repetitive squatting, box step-ups, and lunges.
You may also work on your quads which is the muscle found on the front thigh. You may perform repetitive squatting and lunges as well. You may also use the leg extension machine and the leg press machine for a well-executed exercise. Remember to work with your body and not against it.
You should always remember that you work on the opposite muscles. Muscles tend to get imbalanced especially if the amounts of exercises you do are not equally distributed. When performing triceps extension, it is advised that you also do bicep exercises. If you work out on the chest and the stomach area like crunches, it is important that you do back extension exercises to get a balanced upper muscle toning.
Always take a rest after your resistance training workout and keep well hydrated. Allow your muscles to cool gradually so that you will not feel any sore or strained muscles. After the resistance training, you will see that you are more ready and physically fit for many kinds of sports.