5 Good Reasons Why Women Should Lift Weights
For women, lifting weights is synonymous with masculinity. But, is that all weight lifting is about? We beg to differ.
Lift happily ever after
Most women steer clear of weight lifting because it “apparently” bulks them up, is dangerous, detrimental to the joints and what not. The truth is that these are just horror stories that overshadow some really amazing benefits of weight lifting that women can reap. If you are also insecure and fearful about this strengthening workout, do not be. Listed here are 5 reasons why you should definitely pick those barbells up and start working out.
Faster, more effective loss of fat
It is true that weight lifting benefits those who want a pumped up body. But, it offers more than just shirt-ripping shoulders. While most people do consider weightlifting as a means to add more muscle, when it is contrasted against cardiovascular exercise, it comes out as a better resolution for those wanting faster calorie burn. With weight training, your body becomes better at burning fat both during as well as after exercise.
You become curvier
As you gradually move towards a stronger, slightly more muscular build, you start to form into the perfect hourglass figure. Even though endurance exercises help you to lose weight faster, you do not really shrink to a size zero, but actually tone up with both fats as well as muscle in your body. And, no, this fat is not storage of repelling body mass.
More muscle = more calorie burn
Contractions of muscles everyday contribute to the total number of calories you burn overall on a single day. So, the more muscle contractions you have, the more calories you will burn. And, with increase in strength (that comes with more muscles contractions), your body will begin to start using calories effectively.
Your sleep will improve
Studies have proven time and again that strength training improves sleep quality. A study that was published in the International SportMed Journal suggests that morning resistance training or even high intensity training affects quality of sleep to a large extend; thus, lengthening time of sleep post training night. So, strength train to fall asleep faster, wake less often during the night and have deep sleep.
Improvement in heart health
The American Heart Association recommends weight lifting as a safe exercise technique for those who are at risk of heart diseases. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that people who lift weight tend to have lower heart disease risk factors such as a large waist circumference, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood glucose levels, etc.
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