Why isn’t weight training for women more popular?
There are a lot of reasons why women should weight train but there are some misconceptions that prevent them from doing so. Many think they will build too much muscle and begin to look too masculine. This isn’t even possible, women don’t have the testosterone to make that happen. Instead women tend to rely on cardio alone missing out on the benefits that come from weight training. Here are some reasons women should be more inclined to embrace weight training.
Reasons Why Women Should Weight Train
Lose Body Fat: Lifting weights as little as three times a week can burn three pounds of fat in as little as two months. When you increase your lean muscle mass your rate of metabolism increase, you will continue to burn calories for up to 8 hours after your workout. Every pound of muscle you have burns an extra fifty calories every day without you having to lift a finger.
Improved Strength: Woman can gain strength from lifting weights but they don’t gain size the way that men do. You will have muscle tone and definition throughout your body. Women who lift are 30%-50% stronger than women who don’t train regularly.
Change Your Shape: Want to drop a dress size or two, weight training is the fastest way to do it. When you start building lean muscle mass there will be changes all over your body. Your thighs, butt, upper arms will all start to show definition and your waist gets smaller too. It’s a great excuse to buy yourself a whole new wardrobe. Here’s a video showing the transformation you can go through.
Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease: It’s not just running that improves your cardiovascular health weight training does too. Beyond that it will help reduce the bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol. Your circulation improves and your blood pressure levels out.
Decreased Risk Of Osteoporosis: Women over 40 are at particular risk for osteoporosis and working out with weights increase the amount of lean muscle which in turn strengthens bones. Even if you are in the early stages of osteo you can slow down the effects and be active longer.
Diabetes: The increase in the number of people with Type II Diabetes has gotten out of our control but weight training can help. It burns calories and helps to stabilize blood sugar keeping you with healthy blood glucose levels.
Ladies, the weight room is no longer the exclusive dominion of male athletes. Get yourself in there and take control of your own health. Enroll in a class that works with weights if that makes you more comfortable. If you want to live a long healthy life then resistance training needs to be part of it.