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"STRONG IS THE NEW BEAUTIFUL": UNVEILING THE POWER OF STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN

Hello to all the inspiring women in our Well Inspired Travels community,

 

This is Lauren Pronger, your personal wellness consultant and guide on a journey towards a life filled with vibrant health, deep wellness, and unforgettable travel experiences. Today, I'm sharing a piece of my world that has become a cornerstone of my wellness regime - strength training.

Fit woman standing on workout equipment

 

You might wonder, why emphasize strength training? It's because, for me, this is not just about physical fitness; it's about building a foundation of strength that empowers every aspect of our lives. And here's why I believe every woman should embrace this empowering practice.

 

The Non-Negotiable: Lifting Heavy

Each morning when  I start on my strength training sessions, it's more than a workout. It's a commitment to our longevity, to optimizing our health, and to setting an example for our children and the community we've built around Well Inspired Travels. Here's why lifting heavy is non-negotiable for me:

 

The Amazing Benefits for Longevity and Overall Health

  • Increased Bone Density: As we age, our bone density declines, especially in women post-menopause. Strength training is proven to not only slow down this process but in some cases, even reverse it. 

  • Metabolic Boost: Lifting heavy increases muscle mass, which in turn boosts your metabolism. A higher metabolism means your body burns more calories, even at rest, which is essential for weight management and overall health.

  • Improved Mental Health: The mental health benefits of strength training are vast. It can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, boost self-esteem, and provide a sense of achievement.

  • Enhanced Functional Fitness: Everyday activities become easier and less injury-prone when your body is strong. Whether it's lifting groceries or playing with your kids, strength translates into a more vibrant, active life.

  • Hormonal Balance: Strength training helps in balancing hormones that are crucial for women's health. It aids in regulating insulin, leptin, and ghrelin levels, which are essential for managing hunger, energy usage, and fat storage.


In our quest for optimizing women's health through strength, I've found invaluable insights in the work of my friend, Dr. Gabrielle Lyon. Her new book, Forever Strong, is a treasure trove of knowledge on the importance of muscle-centric medicine. Dr. Lyon's approach aligns perfectly with our values at Well Inspired Travels, emphasizing the role of muscle in achieving and maintaining optimal health, longevity, and vitality. Her book is a must-read for every woman seeking to empower herself through wellness.

Woman in kitchen holding up Forever Strong Book

Integrating Strength Training into Your Wellness Journey

Embracing strength training doesn't mean letting go of other forms of exercise you love. It's about incorporating a practice that enhances your ability to enjoy life's adventures to the fullest. Here's how you can start:

  • Begin with Guidance: If you're new to lifting, consider working with a personal trainer or joining a class. It's crucial to learn proper form to avoid injury.

  • Set Realistic Goals: Start small and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. Remember, it's a journey, not a race.

  • Listen to Your Body: Rest and recovery are just as important as the workouts themselves. Ensure you're giving your body the time it needs to heal and grow stronger.

  • Embrace the Community: Join our Well Inspired Travels community or find a local group of women who are on the same path. There's immense power in shared journeys.



In closing, I invite you to reflect on the role strength plays in your life. It's not just about physical capabilities; it's about cultivating an inner resilience that prepares you for life's challenges and adventures. Lifting heavy, for me, is a metaphor for life - we lift our community and our spirits, striving always for a state of wellness that encompasses body, mind, and soul.

 

Here's to embracing strength in all its forms!

 

With warmth and wellness,

 

Lauren

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