Why Women Should Lift Weights: Better Than Cardio
Female bodybuilding has been considered taboo among some women. Back in the 80's, women like Rachel Mclish made the sport popular. since then it has gained in popularity. Some women still think that lifting weights will make them big and blocky.
This could not be further from the truth. Strength training is one of the best things women can do for their health and appearance. In this article, I will discuss some key benefits of why women should lift weights.
When you go to most gyms you will see the vast majority of women in the cardio section, without a doubt, heart health is important but so are strong joints, bones, and muscles.
Lifting weight burns twice the fat when combined with cardio
Combining cardio with strength training will help accelerate fat loss. Doing repetitive cardio every day without strength training will eventually lead to metabolic stagnation. That is because your body eventually adapts to the strain you put on it.
Burn more calories
Strength training will boost your metabolic rate throughout the day even after you have finished training. The main reason you burn fat after lifting weights is due to increased mitochondria in the cells, this is what is called mitochondrial biogenesis. Doing too much cardio can actually reverse this process which means less mitochondrial cells which can lead to a slower metabolic rate. Lifting weight keeps your body in a sustained thermogenic state even after training, this means you continue to burn calories for several hours after your workout.
Spending too much time on a treadmill can make you feel tired and wiped out. Lifting weights, on the other hand, improves your mental and psychological well-being. Strength training helps boost energy, makes you feel good and helps improve your self-esteem.
Improve your appearance
Lifting weights not only makes you stronger, it helps burn fat in all the right places. the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn. Exercises like squats and deadlifts will give you a firmer and rounder butt and strong and sexy thighs. Barbell curls and triceps extensions will transform your arms from flabby to firm and toned.
Lifting weights will make you healthy
Besides getting in shape and firming up your body, lifting weights has dozens of other health benefits which include some of the following:
- Increase bone density which can prevent the onset of osteoporosis
- Increase strength
- Reduce risk of injury due to stronger bones and less risk of sprains or torn muscles
- Improves your posture
- Can help prevent and control certain diseases and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and obesity
- Can prevent cognitive decline in older people
- Maintain strong joints and improve flexibility and balance
- Improve sleep
Wear the clothes you want
Lifting weights offer far more benefits than just your health, a toned and sexy body will let you show off your body in a nice bikini, a nice sleeveless blouse and a nice pair of jeans. You won't have to worry about wearing shorts because of flabby legs or inner thighs. Strength training will firm up and transform your body, letting you wear the clothes you want to wear not just the ones that fit.
Lifting weights will give you visible results fast
Strength training is probably one of the fastest ways to transform your body, more so than walking, jogging or spending hours on a treadmill or elliptical. Lifting weights helps build and firm muscle and are one of the quickest ways to burn fat.
Challenge yourself every day
If you are thinking about lifting weights, make sure you start off slow and gradually build up. Every week you should increase the weight you lift by 5 pounds, challenge yourself and set goals. If you start off with 5-pound dumbells focus on moving up to 10 pounds and so on. Strength training is progressive and so are the results, after just a few months you will notice incredible changes in your appearance and the way you feel.