I hope you all have had a great start to the weekend! I had! 😀
Todays post is going to be about lifting weights. I think it’s mostly going to be about women lifting weights, actually ;).
Before I started exercise, I didn’t want to touch any weights. I didn’t want to bulk up, look like a bodybuilder, or don’t look femine. But then I got into lifting weights, and I am so glad I did! I especially like Kettlebells. Does any of you know what they are? 😀
Also, I thought that if I started doing strength training, I would become bulky.
But that I like saying, you don’t want to pratice golf, because you don’t wanna be like the Tiger Woods.
Anyways, here are 5 reasons why you should start lifting weights:
You’ll look more defined!
If you want more definition, you should lift heavier wei
ghts, since women cannot get bigger muscles because of low testosterone levels.
You’ll Burn More Calories
You may burn more calories during your 1-hour cardio class, than you would lifting weights for an hour, but a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who did weight training burned an averge of 100 more calories during the 24 hours after their training session ended.
And the effect is magnified when you increase the we
ight, as explained in a study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Women who lifted more weight for fewer reps (85 percent of their max load for 8 reps) burned nearly twice as many calories during the two hours after their workout than when they did more reps with a lighter weight (45 percent of their max load for 15 reps).
You’ll build strength faster!
Lifting lighter weights for more reps is great for build
ing muscle endurance, but if you want to increase your strength, increasing your weight load is key. Add compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and rows to your heavy weights and you’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll build strength.
You’ll lose belly fat!
While it is true that you can’t spot reduce—your
body is born with pre-conceived places it wants to store fat—a University of Alabama study found that the women who lifted weights lost more intra-abdominal fat (deep belly fat) than those who just did cardio. This not only helps you lose your belly pooch and look better in a bikini, but it also lessens your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers.
You’ll feel empowered! (I know I do 😉 )
By lifting weights it also improves your self confidence! Because you’re throwing around some serious iron. So it does not only help you get a lean, toned body, but it also helps your attitude!
Source: Some of it Shape.com