Why Women Should Lift Weights | TRAINING
We have heard it time and time again. 'I don't want to lift weights', 'I don't want to get bulky', or 'Once I grow the muscle, if I stop lifting it will all turn into fat'. This will not happen! We as women do not naturally have the testosterone necessary to build large enough muscles to look like the hulk.
Strength training not only tones your body, but it helps you live in a healthier, stronger body!
1. Burns More Calories
As you increase your lean muscle mass, your body expends more energy = more calories burned. Everything you do (brushing your teeth, taking the kids to school) you will burn more energy if you increase your strength.
2. Eases Joint Pain and Improves Bone Health
As we age, we are at greater risk of losing bone and muscle mass. Weight training is an great way to combat loss of bone mass and increase bone density. It can also decrease the risk of osteoporosis!
3. Stress Release!
Exercise in general is a great way to manage and reduce stress. And you will be happy to know that research shows those who strength train manage their stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations.
4. Increases Your Energy
Weight training improves your psychological well being and enhances your mood throughout the day. Lifting weights can actually boost 'feel-good' chemicals in the brain.
5. Improves Sleep Quality
We should aim for 6-8 hours of sleep each night. Study shows that weight training can greatly improve sleep quality and increase the duration of your sleep each night.
6. Boosts Your Self Confidence
As you embark down the journey of weight training and increasing your physical strength, your mental strength actually increases and it can result in improved self confidence. As you also see the physical changes within your body, this can also increase your self confidence.
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