Lifting weights is great for you.
It’s great in general, but it’s especially great for you. Want to know how I know?
Because lifting weights is great. That’s how I know.
Too many women are afraid of lifting weights. They’re afraid they’ll gain “too much muscle” and won’t lose enough fat.
Well, they’re wrong.
Here are 7 undeniable reasons why weight lifting is an amazing workout for women.
You Become More Flexible
This one is actually true – and amazing. Researchers from the University of North Dakota found that working out with weights helps your flexibility JUST AS MUCH as a typical stretching session.
In other words, do you want to just do some stretches, or do you want to do some stretches WHILE YOU BURN BELLY FAT AND GET LEANER?
Yeah. That’s what I thought.
It Makes Your Body Burn More Calories
Look, let’s get one thing out of the way right now: your body is always burning calories.
It burns calories to survive. If it didn’t have any calories to burn, you’d shut down and starve. Duh.
But the amount of calories your body burns to keep itself going is variable.
In fact, if you have more muscle compared to fat, your body will burn more calories while you’re sitting around doing nothing than if you didn’t have the muscle.
That’s called boosting your metabolism.
So lift some weights, put on muscle, and burn fat while you sit around the house doing nothing. Sounds like a winning plan to me.
It Makes Your Bones Stronger
Bones. Bones are important.
If you didn’t have any bones, imagine where you’d be… In a gelatinous pile on the floor, that’s where!
Bones are important. And for women, strengthening them is even more important, due to the risks of osteoporosis.
When you lift weights, you’re strengthening your muscles, but you’re also strengthening your bones, making them more dense and resilient.
More benefits for weight training. Awesome.
No More Joint Pain
Joint pain sucks. It sucks to have creaky knees when you’re getting out of bed. It sucks to tweak your back when you’re bending over to pick something up.
It sucks. It really does.
That’s another reason why weight training is awesome. It actually relieves joint pain!
Weight training works to strengthen your joints – which makes straining them much less likely. Awesome.
You Lose Tons Of Fat
Not that I’m saying you had tons of fat to begin with.
But the treadmill just ain’t getting it done anymore.
A new study published in Obesity demonstrated that lifting weights and strength training is better for people who are trying to lose belly fat than cardio.
In other words, want to lose the belly fat? Pick up the weights.
Your Size Will Go Down
So many women don’t want to do any strength training because they don’t lose as much weight. They think, “Oh, I only lost 5 pounds, that’s not enough, this isn’t working.”
In that scenario, they might have actually lost 20 pounds of fat – and replaced it with 15 pounds of muscle.
And since muscle is much denser than fat, they’ve slimmed down a lot. Like, a few dress sizes a lot.
So don’t be fooled by how much weight you’ve “gained” or “lost”. Instead, look at your size going down, and smile.
Plus, if you’re looking for rapid weight loss – why don’t you try our plan for Losing 5 Pounds In A Week?
You’ll Make Your Heart Healthier
This one is a benefit that should appeal to both sexes, but I put it in here anyway because men don’t need any more encouragement to lift weights, but women do!
An Appalachian State University study found that people who did 45 minutes of strength training lowered their blood pressure by 20%
20%! That’s a lot! Holy crap!
So just do it. Your body, belly, dress size, and yes, heart, will thank you later.
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The Best Strength Training Benefits For Women
- You Become More Flexible
- It Makes Your Body Burn More Calories
- It Makes Your Bones Stronger
- >No More Joint Pain
- You Lose Tons Of Fat
- Your Size Will Go Down
- You’ll Make Your Heart Healthier