When you think about pumping iron, what do you imagine? Odds are, you’re picturing big, buff dudes like Arnold Schwarzenegger circa 1990 flexing their oiled-up biceps and triceps and various-other-ceps. But actually, lifting weights isn’t just for men who want to bulk up. It’s a great exercise for women as well.
Lifting weights isn’t just good for your muscles. It also helps to strengthen your bones – a benefit that’s particularly important to us ladies, who are prone to osteoporosis and other bone health issues as we age. Plus, it’ll help boost your metabolism, so you’ll burn fat even when you’re firmly planted on your couch, watching your favorite guilty pleasure TV show. Mob Wives, anyone?
New to weightlifting? You don’t have to start out with a giant dumbbell. You don’t even have to start out in the gym! Pick up a couple of light weights to get started and work on incorporating them into exercises like lunges and twists. Slowly ramp up the pounds as you become more accustomed to your workout. Before you know it, you’ll start seeing legs, arms and a tummy that are more sculpted, healthier, leaner – and yes, feminine! – than you thought possible.