There has always been a dark cloud over the topic of women and lifting weights. Does it make women bulky? What are the health risks? Isn’t cardio better for weight loss? These are only a few of the questions in this grey area.
This article will make all those pre-conceptions clear – giving 6 of the main reason why women should lift weights…and lift them regularly.
1. Allow For Higher Calorie Consumption
Lifting weights increases your body’s overall strength and muscle mass, and doing so enables your body to use calories in more efficient ways, allowing you to burn calories with fewer muscle contractions. Therefore, if you are lifting weights regularly, you will be able to burn more calories not just when you are at the gym, but whilst you’re doing simple day to day activities, such as picking things up around the house or walking to the shop.
So those who stay on a treadmill for hours, bored, unhappy and unsatisfied- try weightlifting.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
2. Improves bone density.
As women age, especially post-menopausal and underweight women, they can lose up to 2% of their bone mass every year. However, over the last 10 years, numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between regular strength/weight training and the increase of bone density. Weight training builds strength, balance and coordination which protect your bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis-related injuries. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle due to loss of tissue.
3. Reduces heart disease risks.
Studies have shown that along with a healthy, balanced diet, regular and consistent weight training can reduce the risk factors that may lead to heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
4. Womanly Curves
A lot of women have a pre-conceived perception of the figure that you will have after lifting weights, this perception usually includes the words ‘bulky’, ‘huge’ and ‘manly’. However, regular weight training accompanied with a healthy, balanced diet will result in gorgeous, athletic, feminine curves.
In a short, simple way of explaining what happens to your body, tense your fist, what happens? It becomes smaller and tighter. This is what happens to your body. It becomes leaner, tighter and smaller.
5. Confidence Boost
You have more energy, your bones are stronger, your heart is healthier, your immune system is better, these are just a few of the internal improvements that lifting weights can have on your body.
On the other hand, your waist is slimmer, your arms are sculpted and your abdominal muscles are starting to show through, these results show commitment and hard work, this change in yourself as well as your lifestyle is a huge feel good factor in day to day life, which will send your confidence soaring.
Weight training can also come with a domino effect in terms of mental health as well as lifestyle. Firstly, people who exercise regularly, have an improved quality of sleep. With an improved quality of sleep, individuals will be able to exercise more often and with more intensity.
Regular weight training paired with intensity will then present positive, visual changes to your body, which will therefore have an effect on self-esteem which will provide a reduced risk from mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
6. It’s Fun And Empowering.
Everybody has seen those women on the treadmill, running for hours, counting down the minutes until they can get off. Lifting weights is not only fun, it gives you a new sense of achievement.
After a few weeks, you lift something a little heavier, and then the week after you are able to lift it for more repetitions. It gives you the opportunity to make goals for yourself, which you never thought were possible. Push and test your own strength.
It is so empowering knowing that you are a stronger woman than you ever thought you could be!