Why lifting weights is beneficial for women
Weight lifting isn’t just for male body builders. Here are 5 ways that lifting does wonders for your health!
1. Increased metabolism. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn at rest. So, whether you are lying on the sofa or working in the office your muscles are burning those extra calories. When you finish a lifting session, you get an ‘after-burn’, where your metabolism is heightened for several hours after. This is due to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), which occurs when your body has used more oxygen than normal during exercise and tries to bring it back down to a steady and average state. Studies have shown that this ‘after-burn’ can last for up to 24 hours.
2. Healthier bones. Lifting weights increases your bone density. This is because weight-bearing exercises stimulate bone formation. Similar to building muscle, the more you train the stronger and more dense it becomes. This will reduce your chances of injuries such as fractured and broken bones.
3. Shapes your body. Muscle takes up less room, pound for pound, in the body than fat does. As you lift weights and build muscle, not only will you lose more body fat through an increased metabolism but, your body will become more toned and defined.
4. Increased confidence. Having a strong, defined and healthy body will give you confidence, not only in the gym but in every day life. You will be proud to show off your defined arms in that strapless dress, your firm buttocks in those leg hugging jeans or well defined biceps in a T-shirt.
5. You’ll be stronger. Lifting will give you the ability to do every day tasks such as moving furniture, lifting garden pots and carrying heavy shopping bags. Weight lifting take some serious grit and determination to push through the tough sessions and lifts. You learn to be disciplined and tough – it won’t be long before you notice these new traits playing a part in your life outside of the gym too. Who doesn’t want to be mentally strong too?
Now, let’s myth debunk. There is a common perception that people get ‘bulky’ from lifting weights. You’ll only get ‘bulky’ if you want to. Putting on large amounts of muscle mass (getting ‘bulky’) isn’t something you can do by accident. Therefore men and women alike who don’t want this ‘look’ have nothing to fear. In order to put on such huge quantities of muscle you need to be eating more calories than your body needs to maintain it’s current weight. In short: you need to be eating a lot of food. If you’re eating normally, or even eating a little less to try and lose some weight, whilst lifting you will not put on masses of bulk.