It's reported that only 1/5 of women who work out lift weights on an average of 1-2 times a week. The general mismatch between a woman's gym goals and the image that a grunting, heavy-set man bench-pressing at the gym portrays are leagues apart, and many women turn to cardio instead.
While cardio is excellent for boosting your metabolism, aids muscle toning and weight loss, there tends to be limitations to just how much you can achieve with cardio. Too much cardio may also have adverse effects on your progress in the long run. Turn to weights, and you may be able to benefit far more, enhancing your fitness journey.
Here are 5 reasons why we think you should start lifting.
1. You'll be able to shred off your body fat
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Researchers have found that lifting allows for 40 percent more fat loss than those who attempt purely cardio workouts. Fat loss is what gets you feeling healthier, and stronger too. Lifting weights also prevents muscle loss, which is what tends to happen when one relies wholly on dieting to lose weight.
2. You'll get fitter faster
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Think sprinting on the treadmill is something that pushes you to your limits? Weights are similar. Challenging your body to lift heavier actually boosts your heart-rate more, kicking up a sweat that's equal to what you reap when doing cardio, but in a shorter amount of time. Incorporating weights into your cardio is another way to get your heart rate up, improving your cardiovascular health.
3. More calories burned
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Weightlifting is all about increasing your lean muscle mass. Don't let that make you think it's aiding weight gain — you're actually losing fat, and replacing the fat loss with toned muscles. With more muscles comes higher metabolism, and you'll burn far more calories not only at the gym, but even while going about your daily life.
4. Your bones will get stronger
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If you're one that's prone to constant aches and pains, turning to weights could be the improvement you need to feel better. Lifting weights causes your bones to create new bone cells, intensifying the density of your bones. The muscles around your bones will also help to keep your joints in position, reducing the tendency for your joints to flare up and cause you trouble.
5. You'll be more energetic
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Lifting weights causes an increase in energy expenditure after you train, making you feel far more energetic. Those who lift regularly will see the heightened energy expenditure impact their everyday activities, not just post-gym. Lifting also brings about quality sleep, so you'll be fresher, more alert, and not constantly reliant on caffeine to get through the day.
- July 28, 2016
- Beatrice Bowers