It’s clear: women’s fitness is different from men’s. Women are built different. They gain weight in different places, and they lose that weight different from men. To get to the heart of the matter, let’s look at some common assumptions about women’s fitness and men’s fitness, and learn how different the sexes really are.
Where’s the Weight Gain?
We’ve all heard the myth that men lose weight faster because they gain weight in different areas then women. Men do tend to gain weight in the belly, while women tend to gain weight in the hips and thighs. The truth is, no matter where you gain weight, the prescription in the same: lower your calories and increase your exercise.
Who Burns More Calories?
Well, the truth is men do burn calories faster than women. The increased testosterone levels help men burn more calories. That same testosterone helps men build muscles as well, which in turn continues to increase their calorie burn.
Can Men Eat Whatever They Want?
Definitely not. Men and women both need to monitor their food choices in order to lose weight. Men tend to focus too much on protein, while women tend to focus on fruits and vegetables. Both genders need a varied and balanced diet with controlled calorie consumption to see results.
What type of Workout Works Best?
Men and women are drawn to different workouts. Men tend to focus on strength training and muscle building because of their desire to “bulk up.” Women tend to focus on cardio workouts and burning calories because of their desire to “slim down.” The truth is both genders need both workouts.
Women’s fitness should focus on calorie burn through interval training, but there must also be a strength training component to build the muscles that will sustain calorie burn.
What about Combating Specific Health Issues?
The physical differences between men and women include different health risks. This impacts women’s fitness routines. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in American women. Regular aerobic exercise can combat this risk. Women are more prone to bone loss, especially post-menopause. Women’s weight training and weight-bearing exercises, like jogging, walking and hiking, significantly reduce effects of bone loss.
Men and women are built differently. It is true men have an easier time with calorie burn because of their increased testosterone levels. Women’s fitness can level the playing field if approached appropriately. By eating a balanced diet, watching calorie intake, participating in interval cardio training, and incorporating strength training, women can experience the desired results: a slimmer and healthier feminine shape.