Should Women Lift Weights?

Updated: Oct 20, 2017

YES, Women Should Lift Weights!!! I know the thought of doing so is scary but if you think of it isn't anything you don't know of or have not tried yet sound scary? It is been proven that Women CAN NOT get bulky from Weight lifting. SO what is holding you back?


Myths


Is the reason that you don't lift weights is because you fear getting bulky? It's time you consider weight lifting for the benefits of being the best fat-burner around. I will admit that I had this notion of weight lifting as well and feared the idea of getting 'muscly' like a man. I pretty much stuck to your basic Aerobic, cycling and cardio routines to try to get back into shape. It is in my genes to have a thin body if well taken care of then again life happened and I gained weight. Weight I have been struggling to take off with only Cardio yet I was not getting the results I was looking for. Don't get me wrong I was losing inches. I was not seeing any major changes when it came to the toning or building of my muscles.


It is a fact that we do not have high levels of 'Testosterone' which is what gives you the bulky look. Our bodies do not produce enough testosterone to build the muscles that you see in males. So it is a myth that women shouldn't lift weights because they will be bulky as men. Only if you decide that is the physique you desire. That's when you seek medical guidance. Another idea of it not shaping your body comes from the idea that your genes determine how you look. That's not true. Weight training can help you slim down by creating new curves and adding new toned shapes to your body. I became a believer when I started lifting weights about a year ago Beachbody Programs. I have done several rounds of these programs and by far my favorite has been Body Beast. Body Beast has developed my love of weights. After four rounds I have finally begun to see the desired results I have been working so hard for.


Benefits


Now if you are seeking optimal fitness, longevity, and a lean body then weight lifting is for you. Why? The answer is simple weightlifting gets you the sculpted, toned body. Now do not get me wrong Cardio is amazing because you do burn more calories. Cardio can help burn up to 10 to 12 calories per minute and Strength training can burn up to 8 to 10 calories per minute. The comparisons do come close. The difference is in your desire to get leaner toned muscle definition. That's where hands down weightlifting wins. It burns the fat and tones your muscles at the same time. When you do an intense weight-training program your metabolism stays elevated. You continue to burn fat for several hours later. Meanwhile with Cardio exercise, you stop burning fat shortly after the workout.​


Weight training helps you boost your metabolism. As we all know our metabolism slows down which also leads to increased muscle loss. We must not ignore the fact that Nutrition plays an important part in any kind of activity or exercise. Nutrition must go hand in hand with any activity to achieve great results. The combination of weight training and nutrition help you rebuild lost muscle fibers. Lifting weights is beneficial to us ladies because it increases functional physical fitness. Many that includes our daily routines or chores around the house whether we have kids or not. It makes it easier for us to deal with lifting to even managing stress. Proven that 30 to 75 minutes of cardio per week can reduce your anxiety and reduce fatigue by as much as 50%. Strength training can help improve and balance your mood. Imagine how the combination of them both can help you feel less stressed from your everyday life. Also have gives you an increase in energy to help get all those daily tasks done.


Want more reasons to why you should be lifting weights?


I love how the empowering feeling of lifting up to 30 lbs. for a rep has helped boost my self-confidence! Feeling and being strong is empowering. The bonus boost of confidence is priceless. Lifting weights has helped me without a doubt. Yet what I have gained from it the most has been the recovery of self-confidence. It has helped me build emotional strength by boosting my self-esteem. Let us be honest as women we tend to loose confidence when we start seeing that clothing don't fit us right. Or we do not like the shape of our bodies. We are always conscious of our looks and most all what other people may think of our personal image. Am I wrong? By finishing a cardio workout you can achieve a mental boost. A boost needed of self accomplishment. The self-accomplishment you get from seeing your 'gains' each week. By increasing weights or reps can give you about an equal result which is priceless.


Studies have shown that women should do weight-bearing activities. It helps build and maintain bone mass that can prevent osteoporosis. As we age, it is important to maintain strong bones and muscle mass for flexibility and balance. Improved muscle mass and strength will also help you in all physical activities. Whether you are an athlete or not, by allowing you to take part in family activities. Weight lifting improves your joint stability while building stronger ligaments and tendons. It can even decreases the likelihood of injuries in your daily life activities. All course making sure you train safe and use proper form. It can also improve physical function in people with arthritis. It helps relieves pain and increases range of movements.


We tend to ignore the fact that more than 480,000 women die from cardiovascular diseases each year. By far making it the number one killer of women over the age of 25. What we also don't know (I for sure did not) is that lifting weights helps your heart keep pumping. Lifting weights increases your 'good' (HDL) cholesterol and decreases your 'bad' (LDL) cholesterol. It is also known for lowering your blood pressure. A strong healthy heart also means an improved glucose metabolism. Preventing diabetes and its medications. The more lean mass you have, the more efficient your body is at removing glucose from the blood. It can reduce complications from Type 2 Diabetes or prevent it all together.


I tend to get bored of it or lose interest when I switch to a non weight lifting program. Which makes me work even harder to see the program through. Who knew I would become a huge fan of weights?!


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