Improve your body image with weights

Mason By Mason, 1st Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Do you want to improve your body image? Well, who doesnt! A new study shows that strength training, particularly for women, may be the perfect answer!

Improve your body image with weights

A recent study was performed at Canada's McMaster University, and the researchers included Kathleen Ginis, PhD, of the school's kinesiology department. Participants were 28 men and 16 women. They were 21 years old, on average, and had been sedentary for at least six months. That meant they had been physically active for less than two days per week.

The participants were given a survey that asked various questions about their body image. They rated how anxious they felt about other people evaluating their bodies, and how satisfied they were (or weren't) with their bodies, amongst other questions. Baseline measures of body fat, muscularity, and strength were measured.

All participants did strength training five days per week for 12 weeks, under a personal trainers supervision.

Different views for men and women
All participants improved on strength, body fat, and muscularity and had better body images at the study's end. But women and men saw things a bit differently. For men, body image improved if they simply felt better for doing strength training. They didn't need to see objective evidence of their gains in strength.

Women's body image also improved if they personally felt good about their progress. But they also got an extra boost in body image from objective measurements of their increased strength.

The study was small, especially in terms of female participants, the researchers note. Still, they write that 'the results support the notion that strength training provides women with objective positive feedback about their physical capabilities, which, in turn, causes them to feel better about their bodies.'


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author avatar Marion Licchiello
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Very good article and rings true to me... the more weight I am able to lift the stronger and more fit I feel. It also makes me feel better about myself. It makes me see view my body in a different way. Working out with weights is awesome ladies.. what are you waiting for?

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author avatar Denise O
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for sharing.:)

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