For most women lifting weights is a scary thing…..
This is because a bunch of people, who have no idea what they are talking about, have convinced women that lifting weights will lead to them getting big and bulky.
Let me assure that this is not the case. Lifting weights will not make you big and bulky. It will however help you get the body you have always wanted.
With that being said, here are the 5 reasons every woman should lift weights.
It Will Help You Get That Hourglass Shape
Let’s be honest, the number one reason most women workout is because they want to get that hourglass shape.
The problem is most of them go about it in the wrong way. Going to the gym and spending hours on the treadmill is not going to shape your body.
While cardio does help you lose weight, it will not help you transform your body into the coveted hourglass shape.
Lifting weights however will….
By lifting weights you will build the muscle needed to help you shape and maintain your new curves.
It Will Help You Burn Fat More Effectively
Weight lifting does much more than just help you get ripped arms, it will also turn your body into a fat burning machine.
While most women look at lifting weights as just a way to build massive size, the opposite is actually true.
If you want to burn more fat in a more effective way, then lifting weights is the way to do it.
When you lift weights your body not only burns fat during the workout, but it will also burns fat for several hours after the workout.
This happens because of the additional oxygen you consume after a strength training workout. This is known as EPOC, excess post-exercise oxygen, and it can last up to several days.
Anytime your body uses more oxygen you will boost your metabolism and burn more fat.
It Will Improve Your Heart Health
Want to reduce your risk of heart disease? Well all it takes is a little strength training a few times a week.
According to the American Heart Association, lifting weights is a healthy form of exercise that can help prevent heart disease.
To further prove this point, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning published a study that found that individuals who lift weights are less likely to have health issues such as high blood pressure, large waists, elevated glucose levels and high triglycerides.
All of which increase your chances of developing heart disease.
It Relieves Stress
Exercise is without a doubt one of the best ways to manage stress. Study after study has found that those who incorporate some sort of strength training into their daily lives are able to better manage stress than those who do not.
Strength training also helps you avoid the adverse reactions that stressful situations can bring about.
Additionally, some studies have shown that moderate strength training can improve memory and cognitive function in older adults.
So the next time you find yourself dealing with a stressful situation, head to the gym and hit the weights.
It Keeps Your Bones Strong
The older you get the more at risk you are for losing both muscle and bone mass. Women in particular have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis after menopause because their body will no longer secrete estrogen.
The good news is you can easily combat the loss of estrogen with resistance training. By strengthening your body you will also strengthen your bones and therefore decrease your chances of developing osteoporosis.
A study done at McMaster University found that postmenopausal women who did strength training for just one year were able to increase their spinal bone mass by 9 percent.
That shows you that it’s never too late to start lifting weights. It also shows you that the sooner you start, the less likely you are to lose bone mass as you age.
And there you have it ladies…
5 very important reasons you should start lifting weights.
Don’t be fooled by all the nonsense floating around the internet. Lifting weights will not make you big and bulky.
It will however improve your quality of life.
I think it’s safe to say every woman wants to feel strong and confident in every aspect of her life. Resistance training can help you do just that.
It is literally a confidence booster. Not only will it help you transform your body, but it will help you transform your life.
The good news is it doesn’t take a lot to get great results. Start off by doing strength training 2 to 3 times a week.
As you get stronger you can incorporate more sessions.
Adding strength training to your fitness plan is guaranteed to make you feel healthier, happier, stonger and more confident.