Think lifting weights will make you look huge? Well, think again… extra body fat will make you look big. Weights, definitely not. So why won’t strength training make you look like the Terminator? Simply put, women have lower levels of testosterone than men. Testosterone is the major muscle-building hormone in the body. We, as women don’t have the chemical-makeup in our bodies to add such bulk. Plus, we don’t chug muscle milk and eat six eggs at a time after lifting to intentionally put on weight, so we won’t.
So now that I’ve convinced you that bench pressing won’t bulk you up… what will it ultimately accomplish? If you’re wondering why you can’t seem to get that toned, fit look you lust after on the covers of fitness magazines – despite your daily 45 minutes on the elliptical – it’s because you aren’t incorporating weights into your workout. Yes, cardio is great for your heart and it burns calories, so you definitely should keep it as part of your work out routine. But the truth is, strength training improves cardiac health and makes you leaner, so you can show off your newly sculpted abs, biceps and thighs.
Why does weightlifting help you achieve these results?
It helps you build muscle, which boosts your metabolism and makes you burn more calories, even while resting!
Having muscles will speed up your metabolism and help you burn fat more effectively. Plus, studies have shown that regular weight lifting can increase bone density. This may not seem like a big deal when you’re in your 20s, but later down the line it really will matter! Then there’s the obvious… lifting weights will make you stronger so you can re-arrange your bedroom and open a can of pickles totally on your own… no boyfriend necessary. In turn, that will build your confidence, which is something we all definitely want a little more of!
As with anything, it’s important to stick to a weightlifting routine in order to see the best results. Strength training once a month isn’t going to help you achieve any of this. However, just 30 minutes, three times a week will go a long way!
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