I know what you’re thinking- another article about weight training for women?
But we already know all of the facts? Well although many women do already know the facts and benefits, I’m afraid to say that we still see so many women avoiding this kind of training because they think they are going to ‘get bulky’ and all they want is to ‘lean up’ a little.
As a woman who lifts weights 3-4 times per week I can safely say that you will not ‘get bulky’. Weight training is SO GOOD for you and it has an endless list of benefits.
In this article I have highlighted the ones that I consider to be most important for women all round, including myself.
You will NOT get ‘bulky’
I will start with the best- women do not have anywhere near the same amount of hormones as men that cause hypertrophy (muscle gain). In fact, women have between 10 and 30 times less so when lifting weights we develop muscle tone and definition. Toned- the magic word when it comes to women’s overall body goals!
Who doesn’t want to be super strong and feel they can take on the world? I know I do! Lifting weights increases strength. Research shows that moderate strength training can increase a woman’s strength by 30-50%!! Now that’s incredible if you ask me!
Not only does it make you feel badass, it also helps in your daily tasks- shopping bags are easier to carry, lifting up your children and general tasks are just be so much easier!
Reducing the risk of injury
Strength training doesn’t just build muscles; it also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability. This reinforces your joints which helps prevent injury. Research shows that weight training can strengthen joints and ease the pain of osteoarthritis.
You will lose Body Fat
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn which equals less body fat! Generally speaking for each pound of muscle you gain, you burn 35 to 50 more calories each day. It may not sound like much but it soon adds up!
There are hundreds more benefits to strength training but for me these are the most important and the ones more women need to be aware of. I have been lifting weights for 5 years now and I can promise you I don’t look like She-Hulk. Lifting weights makes me feel powerful, confident and strong and that’s how all women should feel.
This article was written by: Amie Dawson of www.fitnessforster.com
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