If you’re anything like the team here at Smooth Fitness, you’re probably sick of every magazine, TV show and advertisement bombarding you with airbrushed photos of what your “ideal” physique is supposed to resemble: ethereal thinness for women, bulging biceps for men. Unfortunately, those annoying stereotypes set the scene for plenty of consequences, among them an unfairly gendered approach to fitness. Today, we’re here to set the record straight!
When planning a home exercise routine, women often focus solely on burning fat, while men tend to put all their efforts into bulking up. But doing this can leave crucial parts of your body sorely out of shape, which has detrimental effects on your overall health and wellness.
There are plenty of body composition-related differences between the sexes that should not be overlooked when it comes to developing and honing an exercise regimen. For example, men are more prone to heart disease, while women are more susceptible to knee problems. But none of these issues dictate that women must spend all their time on the treadmill and men should set up camp on the weight machines! You can combat the undesirable aspects of your body’s science by tackling workouts designed to strengthen your weaknesses.
So what does that entail? Ladies, it’s time to pick up the weights; gentlemen, start stretching.
It’s important for women to devote time and energy into strength training, since higher muscle mass has all kinds of great health benefits for your body – including increasing your metabolic rate, which enhances that fat burn so many women try to achieve through cardio alone. Leaner, toned muscles can help reduce age-related diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis and depression, while also strengthening your bones. Try the Smooth Fitness Strength Bundle for a great collection of fitness accessories designed to ease you into a comprehensive strength training regimen.
Similarly, it’s essential that men take on forms of exercise that they might not be completely comfortable with, especially as they begin to lose muscle elasticity with age. Working on honing your flexibility will not only improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk for injury, but also reduce muscle soreness and increase the flow of blood and nutrients to your body tissues. What’s not to love? Check out the Smooth Fitness Flexibility Bundle of fitness accessories to start getting long and limber today.