But when you’re a weakling who audibly groans when lifting a shopping bag — and not even the one that contains all your canned tomatoes — the thought of doing anything requiring strength can be daunting.
If this sounds like you, rest assured you’re not alone. Interestingly, Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicates just one per cent of Australian women train with weights regularly.
Sure, it might be intimidating, but strength training has some brilliant benefits for your fitness and overall health.
It can boost your metabolism, increase your bone density, improve your balance, and protect against health conditions like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
So with that in mind... how, exactly, does a muscularly-challenged human go about building up their strength?
Drop the weights
According to Nadine Veverka, personal trainer and founder of tailored health, beauty and wellbeing program Her Master Plan, immediately reaching for the nearest, heaviest-looking dumbbell is a ticket to Injury Town. Instead, put the weight of your own fine body to use.
"Start by mastering correct execution and good technique of exercises using your body weight before you even think about introducing any load... If you have never done any type of strength training in the past, it is vital you start this way," Veverka explains.
Watch: Ex-Bachelor Sam Wood demonstrates a simple 5-step bodyweight circuit you can try. (Post continues after video.)
The best thing about bodyweight training? You don't need any fancy, expensive equipment, and you can do it anywhere. Veverka says it's best to consult with a professional trainer who is aware of your goals before you start; otherwise, you can find basic strength routines online.
Things to remember
Particularly when you're getting started, Veverka says there are two important pointers to keep in mind. The first is that strength training should be functional — unless bodybuilding is your goal.
"This means movement should be linked back to how the resulting strength will enhance your everyday life. For example, a squat pattern will assist in picking things up from the floor," she explains.
Secondly, you should be paying close attention your technique and posture throughout the workout.
"Strength training can lead to injury and be detrimental to your posture if performed incorrectly. Make sure you are keeping your core engaged and maintain focus on the muscles you are using to complete the exercise," Veverka says.