Listen up, ladies!
We know how difficult it may seem to lose weight and how frustrating it feels when you’re not seeing any results. If you’re feeling hopeless, your workout routine may be missing something essential. Have you ever tried strength training? Do you feel intimidated by the male-dominated weight section at the gym?
Let’s talk about what incorporating strength training into your routine can do to transform your body.
There are so many myths and misconceptions about strength training that we hope to debunk today. Here are a few of the amazing benefits your body will receive from strength training.
You’ll Be Able to Change Your Physique and Increase Fat Loss
Many women believe that lifting weights will cause you to gain weight and will ultimately lead to a “bulkier look.”
Weight training is one of the only ways to achieve the physique of your dreams. You can lift weights to slim down or enhance your curves. Weight training is the ultimate tool to use in order to achieve your physique goals, no matter what they are.
Strength exercise also increases your resting metabolic rate, which means that you’ll be able to burn more calories at rest! Women who incorporate strength training into their workout routine notice more significant results as opposed to the results they’ve typically seen just by doing cardio. The reason for that is when you’re lifting weight, you’re also simultaneously building lean muscle. The more muscle you develop, the quicker your metabolism will work which ultimately results in burning more calories and weight loss.
You’ll Grow Stronger
Lifting weights on a regular basis will not only increase your physical strength but will also increase your functionality in everyday life and make daily tasks a lot easier. Carrying the groceries, moving furniture at home, playing with young kids…there is so much carry-over for the strength you build in the gym, that translates into your everyday life.
Additionally, strength training will improve your overall joints, tendons, and ligaments. Healthier bones and joints decrease the likelihood of injury throughout your lifetime. The best way to combat injury, arthritis and the risk of falling as we age throughout life is to have strong muscles to support your joints – which is achieved by strength training, not cardio alone!
Your Mood Will Improve
Did you know that strength training has mental health benefits? Strength training is a wonderful fool-proof way to relieve stress and minimize anxiety. It regulates your blood flow and increases the secretion of many chemicals in the brain that are known to play a role in helping improve your overall mood, self-esteem, and body image. There are also countless studies linking exercise with improved cognition and memory.
You’ll Reduce Your Risk of Certain Diseases
Little do many women know, lifting weights can dramatically reduce your risk for diseases.
Women who did any amount of strength training on a weekly basis had a 40 to 70 percent reduced risk of developing heart attack, stroke, or death related to heart disease compared with individuals who did no strength training at all.
Strength training improves cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and also reduces the risk of diabetes.
The idea of jumping into strength training can seem daunting to many women, especially when it typically has the reputation for being reserved only for men. There are so many negative stigmas to weight training that unfortunately prevent women from trying it when the health benefits are truly remarkable. Adding a little resistance to your workouts is a total game-changer!
Strength training, when used alongside other exercises, contributes to a better functioning body and will transform your health. Discover the secret of strength training for women, and why you should start today with a training session at Old Bull Athletics.