Top 4 Reasons Why Women Should Lift Weights
I hear ladies say all the time how they want to tone up and lose weight, but don't actually want to lift the weights out of fear of becoming "bulky". This is a MYTH. Below I will explain the main reasons why women should lift weights.
1. You'll burn more calories and decrease body fat.
This is probably the most important reason. Lifting weights will build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat. According to studies, 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day just at rest, whereas 10 pounds of fat would burn only 20 calories. Simply put: having more muscle = burning more calories = higher metabolism = you can EAT MORE. And guess what? Even after your weight lifting session, your body will CONTINUE to keep burning calories. Cool, right?
2. You're shaping your body.
This is where the term "bodybuilding" comes in. Some women hear this term and think about all the buff dudes they see in the gym, and they don't want to turn into that. There is NO WAY that women will build huge muscles unless they are on supplements. We do not have enough testosterone in our bodies to produce that much muscle. Lifting weights is what gives women that tight, lean, firm, and healthy body that they desire.
3. You're protecting your bones.
Weight lifting prevents osteoporosis, a disease caused by weak bones and low bone density. It is more common in women than men. As we age, we become more susceptible to this disease, resulting in an increased risk of bone fractures, which may even be fatal. Why not start preventing that now? Research shows that just 6 months of strength training may increase bone density by 15%!
4. You'll feel happier.
Exercising releases endorphins. These are neurotransmitters that prevent pain, increase mood, and fight depression. Moreover, it will reduce stress and anxiety, improve alertness and energy, and can enhance your entire day.
So why NOT start weight lifting?
I understand that for beginners, it's scary. You might be lost, or confused, and don't even know where to start. But I encourage you to be uncomfortable! That is how change really happens. I'm here for you!
Your Coach, Natalie