For years, women have walked into gyms and marked their place as equals amongst men. Although this is a change from decades prior, there is still a stigma when it comes to women lifting weights. Contrary to popular belief, when women strength train, the last thing that happens is becoming bulky. Instead, weights help shape your body, tighten up loose areas and make you stronger overall.
Say No To Cardio And Burn More Calories
When you head into a training program consisting of strictly cardio, with a weight loss goal in mind, you may be able to reach your goals to a degree. However, a cardio-only program will simply create a smaller version of your previous self. If you lose twenty pounds, you are still the same frame and metabolism as you were before, but just at a lighter weight. As a result your capacity to burn calories will be lower too. This is not the answer to long-term maintenance.
On the other hand, when you engage in a strength training program - and lift weights - your body will begin to gain muscle. The more muscle your body has, the more calories your body burns at rest. This translates to a higher metabolic rate and creates more of a furnace out of your metabolism. You become more efficient and you will have a much better time at maintaining your weight once you reach it.
More Than Just A Strength Training Program
Biology aside, lifting weights will make you stronger in more than just a physical way. You'll feel more empowered, more independent. Imagine the times you've been in a shop and needed help carrying something out. Picture the next time you feel unsafe but know that you have the strength to hold your own.
As we age, both men and women, our bodies experience muscle loss (sarcopenia) at a rate of 3-5% every decade. Women are even more susceptible, as osteoporosis affects many women. The less muscle you have, the greater your chances are of having a broken bone if you ever experience a fall in your older years.
Love Your Body
Watching your body transform as a result of strength training is an awesome experience. You can grow body parts you were not genetically blessed with. You can rock abs and obliques in summertime with confidence. You will feel overall more confident and powerful, and know you're doing yourself a favor for years to come. Strength training for women is a life changer.