Sure, there are exceptions, as more and more women realise the benefits of strength training. Tim Walker, founder and head trainer at London’s Evolve Fitness, says that misconceptions about bulking up are still standing in the way – but this is starting to change. ‘I think the public are slightly better informed now and women are far more open to strength training than before.
It turns out that just a minute’s exercise a day can have a hugely beneficial impact on your health. According to a study by the Universities of Exeter and Leicester, women who do 60-120 seconds of high-intensity weight-bearing exercise a day have four per cent better bone density than those who do less than a minute. After the age of 30, people tend to lose more bone mass than they gain, and the higher your bone density, the lower your likelihood of developing osteoporosis.