12 Reasons Why Women SHOULD Lift Weights
When it comes to staying in shape, exercise is recommended for men AND women. However, women can reeaaallllyyyyy benefit from resistance exercises and lifting weights in a way that many may not expect. There is a perceived notion by many women that working out with weights will somehow increase muscle mass and result in a more masculine physique. However, the truth is that working out and lifting weights will actually bring out the feminine side.
So, whether you choose the gym, bootcamp or work out on your own, the secret to proper body transformation that loses the flab and burns the fat requires working out with weights. Here are 12 reasons why you should embrace weights in your workout routines.
1. Burn More Calories
You are burning calories as you are reading this article. However, working out with weights will help you burn even more calories than just aerobics alone as it will increase your metabolic rate when resting. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn to keep that muscle intact.
2. Fat Loss
Arguably the best reason to lift weight is that it actually increases the loss of fat in the body. The issue with aerobics training methods and dieting is that part of the weight loss is muscle tissue which in most cases is about 25%. However, studies have shown that lifting weights can not only preserve the muscle, but it can actually maximize the fat loss as well.
3. Your Clothes will Fit Better
Both men and women lose about 10% of their muscle from the age of 30 to 50 years old. This means that clothes which use to fit well before do not do so anymore because the fat is taking the place of the muscle. By increasing the muscle mass and decreasing the fat, your clothes will fit better because they will be shaped to your frame instead of the fat.
4. Handle Stress Better
The act of working out whether at home or in a gym will reduce the stress hormones in the body. Studies have shown that working out regularly will reduce stress levels significantly and the body will be able to handle the stress better as well. For those who are looking at body transformation as their primary workout goal, they should consider how stress levels are greatly reduced which can lead to decreasing the chance of heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure.
Building strength in your body will also help you to be stronger mentally as well. This is because getting into shape means meeting and exceeding goals that you might not have thought possible. For many, working out and getting into shape is a life-altering experience that translates to mental toughness as well. For women who want to improve their outlook and confidence, working out and lifting weights may be the answer.
6. Stronger Bones
Osteoporosis affects far more women than men and the only known ways to slow down or prevent the effects is through consuming more calcium and working out. Proper resistance training can not only increase bone density, but also elevate the levels of osteocalcin in the blood which is a marker for increased bone growth. For women who have a family history of osteoporosis, resistance training and lifting weights may prevent the onset of this disease.
7. Greater Flexibility
While most women may believe that working out means more bulk, the truth is that proper strength training can lead to greater flexibility. If proper stretching exercises are included, then you can gain in your flexibility at a time when the body without proper exercise becomes stiffer. You will need to work the range of your muscles properly through LIFTING WEIGHTS in order to achieve better flexibility.
8. Better Productivity
For you to be in shape means having more energy at work, when running the kids to school and getting all the tasks accomplished at home. While the act of exercising may make you feel tired at first, you are actually building up the capacity of your muscles and increasing your energy reserves so that your body will be able to get more accomplished. The fact that working out can reduce stress levels also means that more of the body’s energy can go to the tasks at hand.
9. Less Pain in the Joints
Of course, the combination of losing weight while working out takes the pressure off the joints which in turn means less pain. Your muscles actually participate in the functioning of your ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows and wrists, so a good workout in the gym will help your joints do their job better so that you will have less worry about pain. This is especially true for those with arthritis where working out can help increase flexibility.
10. Stronger Heart
Coronary artery disease and heart attacks affect women as they do men, so keeping your body healthy through exercise can improve your heart muscle. In addition, studies have shown that women who perform about 45 minutes of moderately intense resistance exercises actually lowered their blood pressure by upwards of 20%. For women who have a history of coronary artery disease in the family, exercise is the good first step towards keeping a healthy heart.
11. More Core Strength
Strengthening your core muscles can help you perform tasks better, stand taller and keep your body in its proper alignment. By working your core muscles with a combination of weights, resistance and aerobics training, you can start feeling stronger quickly and also reduce the fat around your midsection.
12. Improve your Memory
The act of working out increases blood flow to all the organs in the body which includes the brain. When your brain gets more blood flow it can access more of your memory and cognitive functions that result in being smarter. While it may seem funny that lifting weights or undergoing bootcamp exercises can help you score better on a test, it does have a positive effect on brain tissue.
For women, working out through aerobic and resistance exercises combined with lifting weights can not only drop the fat, it can create a positive transformation of the body.
Your transformation Experts,
Jonathan & Eric