4 Reasons Why Women Need to Lift Weights
Weight lifting has predominantly stayed male focused and that has everything to do with misinformation as opposed to the will or skill of the female crowd. The one myth that won’t seem to die is the idea that you’ll blow up to be the size of Jay Cutler or Ronnie Coleman (two gigantic professional bodybuilders). Not only is this not true but it’s impossible.
Weight lifting can be a valuable asset for older and younger women alike. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why women needs to cut back on cardio and start picking up the barbells.
- Boost Your Strength
Everyone needs to improve their strength levels. Strength isn’t just the amount of weight you can lift in the gym. Strength translates into real world scenarios where you can perform a simple task with ease. Here are a few great examples of how more strength can help you in real life:
- Being able to effortlessly carry around groceries, heavy boxes, etc
- Playing sports with the kids
- Moving furniture during Spring cleaning
- Gardening and moving those 50 pound bags of dirt
The more strength you have, the easier life will be.
- Improve Other Areas of Fitness
Lifting weights is one of the best ways to improve your muscular relationships. When you improve this, you’ll see improvements in other areas of fitness as well such as running or basketball. Weight lifting builds stronger relationships between muscles but also between muscles and your neurological pathways. Your muscles will be able to work together more efficiently and the speed at which your body sends signals to the brain and back again will be amplified. In other words, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident in your body.
- Build Stronger Bones
One of the most common medical conditions that women suffer from in old age is frail bones and osteoporosis. Like your muscles, your bones need to be put under the right stress. This physical resistance challenge will help your bones to increase their density and boost their strength. You want your bones as strong as possible as this will help prevent age-related medical conditions that impact your bone health. Best of all, you’ll be independent far into old age.
- Burn More Fat by Building More Muscle
Let’s immediately throw away that myth you keep hearing. Again, lifting weights does NOT turn you into the Hulk. You won’t suddenly become extremely bulky and lose those amazing curves. It’s quite the opposite. Lifting weights will boost those natural curves. Case in point: Squats.
As for excess body fat, when you build lean muscle tissue, your body burns MORE calories while at rest. Lean muscle tissue is a calorically expensive thing to have, which is a good thing if you want to lose fat. Muscle tissue consumes more calories to support itself and the more you have, the more fat you’ll burn.
You’ll be supporting a lean, sexy physique and your natural curves by picking up the weights at the gym.
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