Lift Like A Woman!
Walk into most commercial gyms and you will likely see the same thing: most of the women are in the cardio area, while the men fight for open bench space in the weight lifting area. The main excuse that woman provide for not lifting weights is that they fear getting “too bulky” and instead want to focus their training on “toning” and “shedding fat.” While cardio is certainly a necessary part of any training regime, weight lifting is often times the fastest and most effective method for reaching your fitness goals. Weight training, combined with cardio, will not only help create the shapely, toned body that so many females crave, but will also provide priceless health benefits. Below are some of the many benefits of weight training:
- More Effective and Efficient Fat Burning: One of the biggest benefits of weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat and calories, both during and after your workout. Weight training causes your body to use more oxygen, thereby increasing your metabolic rate by requiring your body to expend additional calories. The more lean muscle mass that your body has, the better your body becomes at using calories more effectively. Further, while cardio burns both fat and muscle, weight lifting burns almost exclusively fat.
- Healthy Heart: Weight training helps combat the risk of heart disease. Studies show that those who engage in weight training 2 to 3 times a week are less likely to have elevated blood pressure or glucose levels, dangerous belly fat, or high triglycerides.
- Fight Stress: Exercise in general is a great way to manage stress. Studies show that people who regularly weight train tend to manage stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations than those who do not.
- More Energy During the Day, Better Sleep at Night: Weight training promotes an uptick in energy expenditure for several hours following workouts. Further, weight training promotes better sleep quality by helping you get to sleep faster and into a deeper sleep state.
- Healthier Bones: With the passing of each year, our risk of bone density and muscle loss increases. Postmenopausal women are at an even greater risk for osteoporosis. Weight training promotes healthy bones, helps your body fight against the loss of bone mass and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Resistance training provides numerous benefits and often times provides the quickest and most efficient path to reaching your fitness destination. So don’t let the men have all of the fun and reap all of the rewards! Add weight training to your workout routine and jump start your journey to a stronger, healthier, more confident you!