Happy New Year from Rio Soul! This is a wonderful time of year for fitness. With the holidays behind us and resolutions and goals for the year being a topic on everyone’s mind, you may have some fitness goals yourself. Perhaps you have considered getting in better shape through cardio or yoga, but have you entertained the idea of lifting weights? As a woman, strength training brings major benefits to your physique. It will help you meet your fitness goals even more efficiently than just cardio alone. Below are some essential reasons all women should strength train.
Better Fat Burning
Strength training through resistance either through weights or your own body weight is not just for body builders, and no, you will not end up looking like a body builder if your strength train. Many women have a fear of bulking up if they start a strength building routine. Building strength does not necessarily add bulk if you are a woman. It will ramp up your metabolism and enable you to torch calories even when you are sedentary. Your body will expend more calories with the more muscle mass it has. Your metabolism will improve as you lift weights because muscle burns more calories than fat at a resting rate.
Take Care Of Your Bones
As people (especially females) age, their bone density and muscle mass starts to plummet. Strength training increases your bone density exponentially by building stronger bones, which helps you avoid osteoporosis in your later years. Making sure you have good bone density in older age is extremely important because as your physical abilities diminish you are going to need that bone strength. If, as an older person, you fall, your chance of breaking a bone, which can be severely debilitating in old age, will be less. If you start a weight training routine, you have the ability to increase your bone density by a percentage each year. If you increase your bone density by 1% every year, after ten years, that really is a difference in your bone density that could help you prevent health issues later on. Weight training also helps strengthen the ligaments and tendons surrounding your bones which can help prevent injury.
As most of us know, exercise in any shape or form is a great way to fight stress. As you improve your body image you often start to feel better about yourself, and as you get stronger you feel more capable.
A study reports that exercise, regardless of if it is cardio or weight-bearing, is beneficial in reducing depression symptoms. Lifting weights helps keep your heart in top condition by decreasing blood pressure after strength training, and if you do it on a regular basis this will remain in effect. It also helps you maintain your blood sugar and diabetes by supporting white muscle growth. This type of muscle is the one that uses up sugars for energy in your body so this is a great way to obtain better blood sugar control. It will also help improve your balance and posture. If you use weights to strengthen your core you will support your spine and prevent back pain.
The benefits of weight training are essential for all people, but women sometimes need to be reminded of how important it is for their bones and internal well being. It would take a lot of work, a special diet and many supplements to bulk up as a woman, so do not be afraid to lift weights. It is more likely you will develop a curvy strong body while you improve your inner health. If you lift weight and eat a healthy diet you will achieve a fit, lean physique as well as more mental strength with your gained abilities and self confidence. If you are trying to take better care of yourself in 2015, do not forget weight lifting as a very important part of improving yourself.