Why Everyone Should Lift Weights.
As a strength coach, I often hear female clients say that they don’t want to look “bulky” or “big” or that they just want to look “toned”, and those concerns give them a fear of picking up weights.
The truth? Those worries should be far from the mind! If you want to lose weight, live better, and look great, it’s important to incorporate resistance training into your regimen no matter your age, gender, or size.
If you’re a woman worried about getting bulky by lifting weights know this. Women don’t gain muscle the way men do. Putting on muscle mass is definitely a lot easier for them. Men obviously have much higher testosterone levels than women do, and testosterone is an anabolic hormone that works with other growth hormones to aid in building muscle mass. Men also usually have a higher percentage of type II muscle fibers, which are the type that increases in size easier and produces more force.
This ridiculous myth of “weight lifting makes women lose their femininity” needs to be put to rest for good. Even if physiology hasn’t convinced you, the incredible benefits of resistance training will make you want to pick up some weights and bands and get moving!
Benefits of Resistance Training
Resistance training helps burn fat.
By increasing your lean body mass, you increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is the number of calories your body burns at rest.
Resistance training increases bone mineral density.
This is very important because as we age our bones become thinner and less dense leading to an increased likeliness of fractures and developing osteoporosis.
Resistance training makes life easier.
Having strong muscles and a good frame for support makes daily activities such as carrying groceries, playing with kids, and bending over to pick things up, easier. Resistance training helps with coordination by enhancing the way our nerves interact with our muscles and making us stronger when doing everyday activities. It also improves posture allowing us to go about our day with less back and neck pain.
Resistance training boosts your mood and self-esteem.
Exercising increases the flow of endorphins. It also boosts confidence, whether that be from the flow of endorphins, feeling good about doing something positive for yourself and your health, or from increasing the way you see your body image. Resistance training makes you feel good!
Resistance training is fun!
Just doing cardio can get a bit mundane and boring. Incorporating some weight lifting or dynamic movements into your fitness routine spices things up and makes your workouts different each day of the week.
So big takeaway is – don’t be afraid of the weights! Embrace your strength and increase your quality of life in multiple ways by incorporating a well-structured resistance training program!
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