Redefining “Strong”: The Benefits of Weightlifting For Women

Have you been doing endless sessions of boring, soul shattering cardio in an effort to burn off stubborn body fat that just won’t budge?…Have you been working for so long for what seems like nothing?…Are you tired of all that waisted effort?

If so, it’s time to hop off the treadmill and change things up a little!

Now, don’t go hanging up your sneakers for good, because it IS true that cardiovascular exercise is ESSENTIAL to optimal health, it DOES aid in fat loss, and, YES, it IS still necessary…

BUT

Did you know, the MOST effective way to decrease unwanted body fat is through a combination of aerobic training, i.e. cardio, AND anaerobic training, i.e. weightlifting?

That’s right!…Along with making sound nutritional choices, as well as getting your heart rate up enough to reap the aerobic benefits, following a good weightlifting program a few times a week will bring about some dramatically positive changes in body composition.

Aside from fat loss, there are several other benefits to pumping iron.

One benefit to weight training is that it increases strength and improves muscle tone. But don’t worry, you won’t end up looking like a dude! Women simply don’t have enough of the growth hormones and testosterone necessary to put on size like guys. Instead, you’ll lean out, and end up looking more sleek and slender. You might put on a few pounds, though. But, muscle DOES weigh more than fat, which is why you should go ahead and ditch the scale early on…Despite the increase in weight, your clothes will fit much better, and you may even go down a size or two, especially once you start burning off some of that overlying body fat.

Another great benefit to weight training is that it both strengthens your bones and increases bone density, which in turn, lowers the risk of Osteoporosis, while reducing the potential for fractures and breaks. WIN!

In conjunction with bone strength, weight training increases strength in connective tissue, ligaments, and tendons, which makes injury from daily tasks and routine exercise less likely…and a decreased potential for injury equates to an increased quality of life, in general. DOUBLE WIN!

Weight training improves posture and can help reduce back pain. Strengthening the muscles, primarily of the back, shoulders, and core aids in posture, and better posture leads to less pressure being placed on the neck and spine, which leads to less fatigue and pain. (NOTE: It is very important to use proper form when lifting, to aid in posture and reduce the risk of injury.)

Weight training (well, exercise in general) is a great way to improve your mood and relieve stress. The endorphins released as a result of exercise are responsible for relieving stress and anxiety, as well as stimulating cognition, improving alertness, and boosting energy. A little bit of weight raining can really make your entire day a whole lot better!

Finally, weight training boosts your metabolism by causes your body to burn more Calories, naturally. Weight training can increase your metabolism for 24-48 hours post workout. Plus, weight training builds muscle, and maintaining muscle fibers naturally burn more Calories. Put simply, the more lean body mass (muscle) you have, the more Calories you burn, each day, simply by doing nothing. And, let’s be real here, who doesn’t love doing nothing?

All in all, weight training is the ultimate way to burn fat, build muscle, increase strength, and improve your overall health and fitness So, don’t be afraid pick up a set of dumbbells, hoist up a barbell, or swing a kettlebell. The benefits really are greater than you could ever imagine!

Now, get in there and show them what it really means to “Lift like a girl”!!!!!

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