Why isn’t weight training for women more popular?
Some women fear they will build too much muscle and lose their feminine shape. This isn’t true as women don’t have enough testosterone to make that happen. Women who do engage in weight training are fitter, healthier and burn fat faster than those who rely on cardio classes alone. You will get multiple benefits from incorporating effective weight training into your daily fitness routine.
What other benefits can you get from weight training?
Lose Body Fat: Lifting weights three times a week over two months can burn three and half pounds of fat. As lean muscle mass increases so does your metabolic rate. After a workout your body continues to burn calories and fat for up to eight hours. For every pound of muscle you have you will burn and extra fifty calories a day without doing more exercise.
Improved Strength: Women gain strength from weight training but won’t gain size like men do. You will have better muscle tone and greater definition in your arms and thigh areas. Studies have now proven that women who lift weights are thirty to fifty percent stronger than women who don’t.
Decreased Risk Of Osteoporosis: Weight training can increase the density of your bones. Lean muscle mass helps support and strengthen your bones as well. Women who are in the early stages of Osteoporosis can slow the effects of the bone disease and live a more active life for a longer period of time.
Change Your Shape: You can drop a dress size easily with weight training. As your lean muscle mass begins to build you will notice changes to all areas of your body. The most noticeable areas will be around your upper arms, the thigh area, your bottom and hips. You will feel better and may even need to purchase a whole new wardrobe.
Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease: Improve your cardiovascular health with weight training. It reduces bad cholesterol levels and increases good cholesterol levels. Weight training also lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Diabetes: Weight training burns up calories and excess sugar in the blood. New research shows individuals who train with weights are less likely to get diabetes. The body is able to metabolize the sugar and produce the right amount of insulin needed to maintain healthy glucose levels in the blood.
There you are ladies, several good reasons to begin weight training today. If you aren’t sure where to start, call a personal trainer and find out what they recommend.