Why Women Need To Be Lifting Weights
“But what if I get bulky?”
“Muscles like that are for men.”
In many gyms, you’ll see the guys lifting some big old weights while the women get their cardio in on the treadmills or whatever other machine suits their fancy. So many silly myths exist on why women shouldn’t lift weights. In all reality, though, strength training is one of the best things for women. Here’s why you should ditch the five-days-a-week cardio and swap in some strength training.
Problem areas be gone. There even some studies out there that give some evidence that strength training burns fat better than cardio. Weight lifting almost exclusively burns fat. Fancy, right? Unless you’re a serious runner, face it. Ditch the cardio a few days a week and start targeting areas of your body you’d like to lose fat in.
To gain size, you’ll have to spend way more time in the gym lifting weights than you can imagine. Besides, us women produce less than 10 percent of the testosterone men do… it’s very tough to bulk up like they do. While your body weight might go up because muscle weighs more than fat, you’re likely to go down in dress size.
By lifting weights, you’re encouraging your body to burn more calories more often. You could be burning calories while you’re waiting in line at Target, while you’re doing your makeup. You get the picture.
Something many women worry about is bone density. By lifting weights, you encourage your bones to create new cells and strengthen themselves. Your bones will become stronger, more dense, and less likely to decompress with an illness like Osteoporosis.
Lifting weights will also impact your joints in the best way you could imagine. Hey, it’ll even impact your flexibility. So drop it low in those squats.
Count on a speedier metabolism, too. While abs are made in the kitchen, lifting weights will help encourage your metabolism to get it in gear. Prevent weight gain by picking up a kettle bell a few times a week, or try some dumbbells to keep off the weight because who really wants to give up ice cream?
Think about how good it feels to reach your goals. That feeling? It translates to strength training. You might start by only being able to use 5 lb. dumbbells. That’s OK! In a week, maybe two, you can progress to 8 lb. dumbbells. You’ll find confidence in your ability to grow, train, and reach your goals. That’s something all of us women can get behind.
See? The myths of weight lifting for women are easy to burst. Now you have no excuse not to hit the gym and break up with your favorite cardio machine. Who wants to spend hours running anyway? Shorten your workout and you’ll be on the fast track to the lean, mean, strong machine you’ve always wanted to be.
Besides, strong is the new skinny.