Many women are afraid to lift any type of weights, thinking it will bulk up their figure and make them look un-feminine and scary. Unless you are training hardcore, this simply isn’t true. Weight lifting is actually a fantastic workout, especially for women and can give you the body you’ve always wanted. Here are some reasons why:
- Weights strengthen bones and prevent bone disease. Lifting weights can increase bone density and help build new bones. This is just a great preventative measure for the future so you can move around easier when you’re older.
- Weights burn fat. Cardio burns calories, but lifting weights gives you that toned body that you desire. More people lose weight faster when they combine weight lifting with cardio, such as running or spinning. If you simply do cardio, you might be losing fat and muscle.
- Weights won’t bulk you! Women don’t have the hormone levels to bulk up like men do. The bulkiness from professional bodybuilder women comes from a high caloric diet or not burning enough calories. You would have to train and eat a special diet to look like a bodybuilder, so don’t be afraid of turning into one.
- Lifting will help you feel more confident! You’ll gain definition and tone your body in a way that will make your clothes fit better. If you start lifting, exercising and eating right, you’ll notice a flatter and stronger stomach, more muscular butt, etc. I bet you’ll be very happy with the results and not scared of what you see in the mirror like you imagined!
If you are now inspired to start lifting weights, make sure you start off easy and do them the right way. Start with 3- to 5-lb weights and for example, do 20 lunges. The last few lunges should feel very challenging. When the lunges start to become easy, increase to using 7-lb weights. There are many free weight lifting routines you can find online or ask a trainer at your gym for help if you’re new to lifting.
Do you have weight lifting in your exercise routine or do you simply do cardio? Let us know if this inspired you to try lifting weights and what type of weight lifting you tried! Please share with us in the comments.