Women need to lift weights for many reasons but unfortunately most women tend to skip the weight section and would rather spend all of their efforts on thrashing it out on a cardio machine. The biggest fear woman today have about developing physical strength and getting strong, is the notion that strength means size. Many of my female training clients have told me they don’t want to lift weights because they are worried they will “bulk up”, but it’s not true!
So if you are a woman who is pounding it out on the cardio machines, but you want to blast fat, get in shape, and rock everything that comes your way—both in and out of the gym— keep reading on…
#1: You’ll Increase Your Metabolism & Torch Body Fat
You may think that spending hours doing cardio is the ultimate fat burner, but actually that effect stops the minute you hop off the treadmill.
Build more muscle and you’ll keep your body burning fat all day long.
Training for strength, and lifting heavier weights increases your metabolism which forces your body to burn more calories. While aerobic exercise does burn fat it also burns muscle, weight lifting burns almost exclusively fat. So, women who lift weights will burn more calories over the course of the day.
#2: It will improve your strength and boost your confidence
Lifting weights—and building strength as a result—comes with a big self-esteem boost. Lifting weights has the ability to challenge you both physically and mentally. Not only will you look good, there is also an emotional satisfaction associated with the accomplishment of weight training, that has a very different feel than that of a cross trainer. When women lift weights, they not only build physical strength but mental strength as well. Basically, a woman who lifts weights becomes a badass!
#3: You’ll reduce your risk of Injury
Strength training not only builds stronger muscles but also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability. This acts as reinforcement for the joints and helps prevent injury. It is important that you find someone to show you how to lift weights properly. Get a personal trainer to make sure you learn proper form when lifting weights. Proper form and technique are crucial to prevent injury and get the most from your workout.
#4: It Builds Stronger Bones
Lifting weights can help protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures. When you lift weights, you engage muscles that pull on the tendons which, in turn, pull on the bones. This added stress makes bones stronger. Strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss, and may even help build new bone. So get strength training!
#5: Your clothes will fit better
Women need to lift weights to maintain and increase muscle mass to prevent age related muscle loss. Since muscle mass takes up less space than fat, you will lose centimetres when keeping a consistent strength training routine, and your clothes will automatically look better on you.
Lifting weights helps you lose fat and tone your body at the same time. You can lose fat and improve your health with cardio, but lifting weights is what changes your muscle definition and shape.