LADIES, YOU SHOULD LIFT!
Many women are skeptical when it comes to lifting weights, because they are afraid of turning into a ‘she-hulk’ or being too bulky. Lifting definitely does not make you bulky, as it takes very hard work gaining all that muscle if you think you may start looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here are some benefits of lifting weights that would make you change your mindset and want to start pumping some iron at the gym!
Resistance training has been proven to be a more effective way of fat loss as compared to cardiovascular exercises. This is because resistance training burns those calories while you are working out and after you work out. Once you have a heavy strength training workout, you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours that follow. EPOC (Excess Post-Oxygen Consumption), is a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake after a strenuous activity. This requires caloric expenditure and helps increase metabolic rates.
Curves & Confidence!
Who says lifting is only for bulking up? As you build muscles, your body would take a nice hour glass shape. Through endurance training, you are only focusing on fat loss whereas with lifting, you focus on building muscle mass that shapes your figure. Now, the long time issue women fear when they lift weights is that they lose their breast size. This isn’t true as yes you may lose the fat, but at the same time, you are stimulating your pectoral muscles and this can help your breasts actually appear larger! Lifting does help increase your confidence too! It is true, that the most attractive quality of a woman is her confidence.
Postmenopausal women are at greater risk for osteoporosis. This is because the body no longer produces estrogen. That is why as you age, you lose bone mass and muscle mass. Resistance training is the most effective way to combat loss of bone mass, and helps decrease the risk of osteoporosis. The earlier you begin weight lifting, the better chance you have to maintain healthier bone health.
One of the best feeling in the world for any woman is to feel strong and confident. Resistance training can help you do just that! After all, who doesn’t like feeling more independent. Imagine not relying on anyone else to lift heavier items on a daily basis. Start lifting and feel the difference! Strong is the new sexy!