In today’s world, most women spend their time in the gym doing cardio activities and barely focus on weight training. If you’re someone following suit then it’s time you challenge your body and give weight training that upper hand. And NO, you won’t bulk up like that body builder working out next to you.
Here’s why all you ladies out there must start picking up those weights now!
- Fat loss at its best
Weight training helps increase the body’s lean muscle mass, which directly affects your resting metabolic rate. This essentially means you will burn more calories throughout the day if you incorporate weight training in your exercise routine. According to researchers, women involved in strength training 2-3 times a week have a chance of gaining an average of 1 kilo of lean muscle and reducing close to 2 kilos of fat in a month.
- Women cannot and don’t become muscular like men. Period.
Unlike men, women do not gain size from resistance training because compared to men, a woman’s body produces very little of the hormones that leads to muscle hypertrophy. However, what a woman will notice is definition and a toned body. Now who wouldn’t want that?
- Increases your stamina and overall exercising performance
Have you ever wondered why athletes, who are into sports like running, cycling, skiing etc. spend most of their time in the gymnasium? Well, the answer is because they aim to improve their stamina and endurance levels with the help of resistance training. Lifting weight challenges your body and it’s only when you push your body a little more will you build lung power and improve stamina.
- You don’t need to look strong to be strong
Fragility, touch-me-not are a few kind of attributes associated with women. And in most cases, men just assume that if it’s a daily chore that involves lifting weights or using your muscle power then women won’t rock at it. So ladies, it’s time you prove your male counterparts wrong and become stronger to sustain all the running around that you do for household chores. An improvement in your strength will also help you juggle an active professional and personal life and wouldn’t you love to be that rockstar who nails it almost every time?
- Reduces risk of back and join pains
If you thought strength training is only about building muscles then you’re wrong. Though it largely works on your muscle groups, resistance training also helps build robust connective tissues and improves your joints’ solidity. According to studies, strengthening the lower-back muscles helps in reducing or preventing any kind of spinal or lower-back pain, which most women face at a later stage in life.
- Improve the heart’s functioning
Yes, cardio activities improve blood circulation and also increases the amount of oxygen we provide our body for consumption. However, having said that weight training too improves your cardiovascular health in more ways than one. It not only helps in reducing the bad cholesterol, but also helps in decreasing other heart-related ailments like high blood pressure etc.
- The best way to deal with depression
Women are known to be emotional fools. And in most cases women tend to lean towards unhealthy food whenever they’re knocked down by an emotional rush. So if you’re someone who is fed up of emotional eating, one of the best ways to deal with it is to include strength training in your exercise routine. Resistance training helps you build your overall confidence, reduces stress and also gives you that inner feeling of well-being. According to a Havard study, 10 weeks of regular resistance training reduced clinical depression more successfully than just normal counselling. So, it’s not just a body health booster, but also a mental strength booster. Now, how awesome is that!
Hang on! Just because you know how awesome strength training is it doesn’t mean that you start pumping heavy weights from this very moment onwards. Mind you, resistance training calls for dedication, patience and guidance. Women who gradually gain lean muscle mass have a higher chance of maintaining the same.
So ladies, take it slow but start now. Find yourself a good fitness centre and mark an entry into a world of strength, power, agility, peace and endurance with a bang!