It seems the majority of women are terrified of lifting weights. Do they fear they will get bulky? Are they concerned they will lose their feminine physique and look masculine? This is exactly what most women think and it is WRONG (shocker!). Those bulky women you see (bodybuilders) spend years and years working on their muscular build and typically take supplements with hormones or sometimes steroids to achieve their aesthetic. Women do not produce nearly as much testosterone as men, therefore gaining muscle mass like men is just not possible.
If anything, women should be encouraged to lift heavy weights. There are countless benefits to lifting weights. Not only does it make you feel confident, strong, empowering, and sexy, there are several health benefits as well.
Muscles Burn More Calories Than Fat!
It's hard to believe it, but the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn around the clock. Muscle is an active tissue that is constantly renewing itself, therefore more energy (calories) are needed to sustain it.
It's Great For Your Heart
All exercise and physical activities are beneficial for your heart, and strength training absolutely falls into this category. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that those who lift weights are less likely to have heart disease risk factors such as a large waist circumference, high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, and elevated glucose levels. The American Heart Association even approved lifting weights as a healthy exercise for those at risk.
This is one of the most important benefits of lifting weights for me. Every human being on this planet experiences stress (if you don't, then you're some kind of saint) and it needs to be addressed. Exercising, and especially lifting weights, is one of the healthiest ways to release stress. Stress affects our bodies both mentally and physically. As the body attains a level of fitness, its' ability to withstand stress is increased. I don't know about you, but I feel like a million bucks after any type of workout I do!
Increased Bone Density
Lifting heavy weights stimulates bone formation. Bones work like a muscle in the sense that the more we use them, the stronger they become. The greater the impact (heavier weights), the more it strengthens the bones. Strength training also reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Confidence is by far the most powerful energy a woman can put out into the world. When you realize your outer physical strength, you learn to recognize your inner strength. Being confident is seen as an extremely attractive quality which then leaks into every aspect of your life. This is partially due to your body releasing more endorphins when lifting weights, but also due to you reaching new goals in your exercise regimens.
Ladies, I used to think that lifting weights would make me bulky and manly as well. I now lift 3-4 times a week and I have seen nothing but positive results. My clothes fit differently (better), I feel strong and confident anywhere I go, I sleep better, I eat healthier, the list can go on. So stop worrying about all those silly myths you see all over the internet and get your booty to the gym! You will not regret it!
Yours in Health,