5 Reasons Why Women Should Lift Heavy in the Gym
August 19th, 2019 by Candis Hall
When it comes to women and fitness, the exercises you see will almost always be running and yoga. But as good as hitting the treadmill and making those poses are, you can get even better results if you try weight training. Yes, you read that right, I’m advising you to hit those heavyweights in the gym.
For many ladies, running and stretching plans aren’t doing enough for them in fitness terms. I do not doubt that you’ve heard the horror stories. About how weights are dangerous for ladies, make you look masculine, or that all those muscles can turn to fat if you stop. Well, you can rest easy. None of this is accurate and not lifting heavier weights is keeping you from that sexy, healthy body you’ve always desired.
Now don’t get me wrong, cardio exercises do have advantages too and can help improve your fitness, health, and happiness. But lifting heavy weights is the secret to reaching your fitness and strength goals fast.
Here are 5 great reasons why you should add heavier weights to your gym routine.
1. You’ll Burn More Calories
While in the short-term cardio exercises will burn more calories than lifting heavyweights. Lifting weights helps you to torch more calories even when you’re resting.
Lifting heavy weights encourages your body to build more muscle. Muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than fat, leading to an increase in your metabolism. This means you will burn more calories from day-to-day, whether you go to the gym or not!
2. You’ll Stay Slim With Age
Studies show that women lose about 22 percent of their total muscle definition between the ages of 30 and 70. What’s worse, that void is usually filled by fat. Pound for pound, one pound of fat takes up 18 percent more space than a pound of muscle.
So, if you seem to stay the same weight, yet you need bigger jeans – this is the result of muscle loss and increased body fat.
As fitness journalist Michelle Davis from THEGOODESTATE says, “The best way to prevent fat gain as you get older is by lifting weights. Regular weight training will help you maintain your muscle mass and burn calories at the same rate as your younger self.”
3. You’ll Improve Your Figure
As you build muscle tone and definition by lifting weights, your body takes on a beautiful hourglass shape.
Sure, cardio endurance training, such as running and cycling, will help you lose weight. But often that weight is in the form of both muscle and fat. That’s why too much cardio leads to muscle loss, which makes you look weaker, not fitter.
Lifting heavy weights will help you to create and sustain a muscular physique to be proud of.
4. You’ll Improve Your Heart Health
Lifting heavy weights can reduce your chances of contracting heart disease. The American Health association even approved it as a healthy form of exercise. A study by researchers in Brazil found that while participants heart rates increased during strength training, their resting heart rates and blood pressures were significantly lower the next morning.
So, what are you waiting for? Next time you go to the gym, make a beeline for the weights and see results, fast!