The Internet is saturated with information on how to get fit. Weight loss, muscle building, body cleansing, workout routines…it’s all out there. More often than not, this is general information that applies to men and women interchangeably. As a woman, however, your body works differently than a man’s. there are certain things you’ll have to do to make sure that you are really acting in the best interest of your health when following any working or diet regime. When on the path toward fitness, keep the following things in mind:
- Your body uses water differently. Men and women metabolize at different rates, meaning that they use water differently during exercise. While men may tend to look sweatier at the gym, women sweat slower and longer over time after completing a workout. This means that you need a steady intake of water and fluids before, during, and after your workout. Keep an easily accessible water bottle with you throughout the day to make sure you are getting the hydration you need.
- Your muscles have different capabilities. Men are conditioned for upper body strength while women have more natural strength in their lower bodies. This means that your upper body muscles will naturally not start off as strong as a male peer. Train your upper body slowly and consistently to build strength, and don’t be discouraged by starting at a low resistance level.
- Your body needs compassion. Once a month, a woman’s body goes through a cycle that can impact her overall fitness capabilities. Pay attention to how your monthly cycle impacts you physically. You can push yourself through emotional swings and monthly laziness, but if your body goes through a temporary weakening with each menstrual cycle, pay attention to that and cater to it Maybe you need to reduce your cardio time and/or decrease the amount of weight you are using for resistance training. This is natural and should not be considered a setback.
- Don’t cut yourself short. Despite all the differences in a woman’s body, which may sometimes be viewed as weaknesses, don’t sell yourself short. As a woman, you have every capability to develop a strong, lean body and maintain a healthy fitness level. If you want to reach a level of general health and fitness, you can achieve this by knowing your body and paying attention to what it needs. If you aim to become a show-quality builder, then we suggest talking with your doctor or a qualified personal trainer to make sure you are achieving those goals in a safe, effective manner. Remember that being a woman does not make it impossible for you to reach your fitness goals, it just means that you need to do so carefully.