Reasons why women should lift weights
Most women are afraid of lifting weights cause they worry they might end up being too muscular and veiny. Now, add that to the myths which claim that lifting weights will make you look bulky, affect your joints in a negative way or that once you have muscle, you can’t stop lifting because otherwise it will turn to fat. The fact is, lifting weights does none of those things. It will however help you attain a stronger, leaner body, one that’s healthy.
All you need to do is list down your fitness objectives and you might learn that lifting is not just about gaining muscle, but rather it’s for helping you build strength and burn fat. So here are few reasons why women should lift!
- Fat loss
Weightlifting only benefits those who want shirt-ripping arms? Think again.
Weightlifting not only adds size but it also burn calories more effectively during exercise. You consume more oxygen during an intense workout, this is known as post exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC. This will increase your body’s metabolic rate leading to more caloric expenditure.
- More muscle, more calories burnt
The more muscle you gain, the more fat you burn. Daily muscle contraction exercises such as heavy squats, contribute to how many calories you are going to burn in that day. Increase your strength and gain lean muscle so that you can increase your metabolic rate and lose more fat.
As you build muscle, your body begins to take a better shape. Endurance training can help you lose weight and strength training will help you achieve your ideal body.
- Bone health
As you age, you are at risk of losing both bone and muscle mass. Resistance, endurance and strength training are excellent ways to combat loss of bone mass. It also decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
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