There are many women that are somewhat afraid of weight training or weightlifting because they don’t want to be big and bulky. We’re here to tell you that there is no reason to be afraid of muscles; after all, they’re essential to everyday life.
The truth is, it takes a lot to bulk up so much that we look like bodybuilders. Also, men have far more testosterone while we have more estrogen. This causes the make-up of our bodies to be different, and men naturally gain more muscle mass while women don’t.
Let’s look at some of the incredible benefits of strength and weight training.
More Muscle Equals Fat Loss
Many of us want to lose weight. Something many people don’t realize is that adding more muscle mass allows us to reach that goal faster. When our body has more muscle, it requires more energy, even while we’re resting.
Our metabolism (the amount of energy we burn throughout the day) increases when we build muscle mass. Body fat is essentially dormant, worsening our health in various ways. While our muscles are more alive and full of life, bringing more value to our lives.
Our bodies are constantly burning calories, whether active or sitting still. Someone with more muscle mass will naturally burn more calories at rest.
Something about being in shape makes us feel good about ourselves. Looks may not be everything, but when we look in the mirror and see our fit selves, we can’t help but smile. That’s the hard work we’ve put in to get to the point we’re at.
Muscles are more appealing than body fat, in most people’s opinion. This doesn’t mean we have to be ripped and bulging. Toned is enough!
Reduce The Risks of Developing Osteoporosis
Weight training has been shown to increase our bone mineral density (BMD). Having critically low BMD is a condition known as osteoporosis. Women are more prone to developing osteoporosis, especially during menopause, which is why it’s essential that we do what we can to protect ourselves from it.
Weight training stresses our muscles, which helps strengthen them. It also stresses our bones, forcing our body to adapt and helping our bones grow more robust. The trick is acquiring a high amount of BMD before reaching menopause.
Muscles & Strength Are Helpful For Everyday Tasks
Weight training can make little tasks seem even smaller. Things like picking up your little one, loading the washer, loading the groceries, and mowing the grass are much easier when we strengthen our muscles.
Improving Running Performance
For avid runners, lifting weights to increase strength can improve runing performance. This includes increasing speed and energy levels.
Muscles aren’t something women should be afraid of. Instead, we should embrace our muscles and strength. We don’t have to lift weights until we look like bodybuilders; we can simply strength train to improve our overall strength, which also improves our health.
Embrace your strengths, and conquer your fears and weaknesses. It’s worth every bit of exercise in the long run. Why not live a healthier life?