Why Women Should Lift
A lot of ladies are really hesitant to start working out with weights. They think that they’ll end up looking like Vin Diesel or Arnie of they so much as look at a barbell, but they are dead wrong.
Lifting weights is great for everyone, especially women who are looking to get lean and tone up. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider adding lifting to your exercise regime:
It Burns Fat Fast
If there’s one thing that the bodybuilding community have got down, it’s fat burning. They know that burning more calories that you eat each day is the only way to lose fat and keep it off. They also know that weight training is the best way to burn calories, because the more muscle you have, the longer period of time after exercising you’ll burn calories for.
It’s Less Boring than Cardio
Not only is weight training more effective than cardio, but there is much more variety in the exercises you can do, which means that you’re less likely to get bored and give up than you are if you, say take up jogging where it’s the same thing day in day out. So, if you’re a classic quitter, give weight training, with its endless variety of exercises, a try.
You Really Won’t Bulk Up
I know I mentioned it above, but it’s worth stating again that weight training isn’t the same as bodybuilding in the sense that it won’t make you bulky unless you take additional steps to make it do so. You see, if you want to bulk up, not only do you need to eat a very specific diet, but you also need high testosterone levels. As a woman, if you weight train without doing anything else to encourage massive muscle growth, you’ll just become lean, toned and more defined.
You Can Eat More
When you take weight training seriously, because you burn so many calories doing it, and because your muscles are activated and burning more calories in the hours after your workouts, you can afford to eat a bit more than you usually would. Obviously, if you’re looking to lose weight, or even just stay fit, the extra food will have to be healthy. However, it’s still a major benefit of lifting if you love food.
It Boosts Bone Density
Many women suffer from osteoporosis, which is characterized by brittle bones when they get older. Weight training is something that can really help with this because the stress that the bones are put under when lifting helps to increase their strength and density in the long-term – another great reason for women to hit the weights.
It’ll Make You Stronger
A final, but pretty good benefit of lifting as a woman is that, unlike a lot of other exercises that are popular with women, it will actually help to make you stronger and this can really boost your confidence.
So, there you have it – some very compelling reasons to hit the weight section next time you’re at the gym.