Why Do Women Need Muscles?

Posted March 12, 2014 by Sara Hauber in Life After Five

Should you even be lifting weights?

Should women really be the “weaker sex”?

Do you really need to work your muscles?

And what do muscles do for you?

The simple answers to these questions are:

  • NO!
  • YES!
  • LOTS!

Our bodies, whether we are male or female, are made of hard tissue (bones), soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments), and fluids. Our structure, or skeleton, would fall apart without muscles and other soft tissues. But unlike other soft tissues, muscles are the ones we can intentionally work. We can stretch them, strengthen them, and tell them (via messages from our brain) to move and contract and do what we want.

Women, on average, might have less muscle-building protein and a lower percentage of muscle fiber than men do, but that doesn’t mean muscles are any less important for our wellbeing.

For example:

The best thing about working your muscles is that you don’t need a gym to do it properly. You can do any weight-bearing activity to increase your muscle strength. And unless you add significant external weight to your activities and engage in a regimented eating program designed to build more muscle, you won’t get the dreaded “big muscles” that many women still fear. The more muscle mass you have, the leaner you’ll be. And I hope you understand after reading this post, the healthier you’ll be, too.

About the Author

Sara Hauber

Sara Hauber, M.A., is a certified wellness coach, yoga teacher, and functional-fitness specialist whose mission is to help you overcome obstacles to achieve radiant health and vitality. Since undergoing complete spinal fusion for scoliosis, Sara has been empowering others to transform their bodies, eliminate pain, and embrace joy, love, and life. In 2012 she introduced The Hauber Methodâ„¢, her signature at-home method for eliminating back pain: haubermethod.com.


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