You either love it or hate it.
As a woman, there’s really no middle ground.
If you’re in “Camp Hate It,” it could be because of a few common misperceptions. The most common, however is that weight training makes women bulky and masculine.
In reality, these ideas about strength training are simply untrue.
Weight training – when carried out properly – will not make you appear bulky or masculine. In fact, strength training is one of the most beneficial fitness activities for women. It will help you become more lean and result in more defined muscles.
Weight training also has other benefits:
Reduced Risk of Disease
One of the most important benefits of weight training is that it’s one of the best forms of exercise for decreasing your risk of developing a number of diseases.
Many of us think that in order to improve our heart health, we have to become runners. Strength training can actually offer superior cardiovascular benefits by steadily increasing your heart rate, similar to an extensive treadmill session.
Regular strength training can also reduce your level of stress, slashing your risk of depression, high blood pressure, and risk of stroke.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity
Did you know that weight training can improve your insulin sensitivity?
This benefit alone can help reduce the risk of diabetes and help you stay leaner by helping your body convert carbohydrates to muscle glycogen for future energy during exercise.
Improved Bone Density
No matter your age, bone density should be a topic of interest for every woman.
Strength training can improve one density to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, stress fractures and broken bones.
Higher Resting Metabolic Rate
If you aren’t on the weight training bandwagon yet, this benefit might make you hop right on.
Weight training helps boost your metabolic rate, both immediately after your workout AND for the first 48 hours after your workout.
Women who commit to regular strength training burn more calories per day than those who don’t. This exercise prevents you from gaining additional body fat, and it speeds up the fat burning process to enhance weight loss.
But that’s not all! As you gain lean muscle mass, you will boost your permanent metabolic rate so your body will be fighting fat gain around the clock.
Ease Of Everyday Activities
Are you a runner or recreational athlete?
Weight training can help optimize your performance by building your strength, speed, stamina and flexibility.
From carrying groceries and lifting your kids, to bending and stretching to clean and organize, strength training also helps everyday tasks become easier.
As strength training conditions your muscles, you will also notice reduced fatigue as your body becomes better equipped to store excess muscle glycogen.
Strength training is great for your overall health, and it’s also great for your schedule. You can achieve all the benefits above in as little as 30 minutes, three times per week!