Are you looking for the sleek, toned, sculpted body that you envy in every magazine that you open? More than likely the women in those magazines did not get that body by riding the stationary bike every day; they got it by lifting weights.
Women have commonly held the belief that resistance training will make them look like a man. They refuse to lift weights out of fear of ending up with massive muscles, broad shoulders and potentially a deepened voice. Thankfully, women are not designed to look this way. Female bodybuilders spend an extensive amount of time in the gym all the while following a very strict diet, many others resort to steroids. A woman that is just looking to shed fat and be fit will not have to worry about bulking up. Here are just a few benefits to strength training for women:
Melt the Fat
Weight lifting increases your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). This is a good thing! You literally shred fat while sleeping.
Resistance training burns fat for a longer period of time than an aerobic exercise like Insanity. The increased oxygen used while working out and the amount of energy your body needs to mend those taxed muscles equate to burning fat hours after your workout is complete.
Sculpt That Body
You don’t need to look like a body builder to reap the rewards of increased muscle mass. Increased muscle increases your metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Not only that, but increased muscle gives shape and definition to a body creating a more sculpted figure.
Ditch the Coffee
Everyone wants more energy right? Just as it burns fat, weight training increases your energy levels for hours after you work out. Even small amounts of resistance training have been shown to increase energy levels. Who needs coffee when you have a set of dumbbells?
Cardio seems to get all the credit for being a heart healthy workout but truth be told; weight lifting can offer the same result. Lifting weights can reduce your risk of heart disease by helping you lose weight and lowering other risk factors such things as high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure and increased glucose levels.
Women in particular are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis and losing bone mass as we age. Weight lifting helps to lessen the risk. In fact, some studies have even suggested that resistance training can actually increase bone mass over time. Using weights earlier in life can greatly affect your bone health as you age.
Exercise in general is a great way to reduce stress in our lives so it’s no surprise that weight lifting would be any different. Strength training helps to get your blood pumping and working the very muscles that you tense up when you are stressed. It circulates endorphins into the brain which helps to enhance your mood. Other studies have even stated that weightlifting can help improve brain function as well as improve memory.