Why Weight Training for Women Is Important

If you’ve been going to the gym or pushing play on a regular basis to get your cardio sessions in, you should give yourself a good pat on the back – you’re doing the first thing that’s required to see success: regular physical fitness activity.

But, what if I told you that you could see faster results in half the time?

That’s precisely what I am about to tell you.  The real secret to transforming your body and melting fat while adding curves in all the right places is NOT hours spent on those dull cardio machines.

Nope – it’s sessions spent in the free weight zone of your gym or some quality time with Tony Horton (P90X) or Chalene Johnson (ChaLEAN Extreme) in your living room.  And, don’t think you need to spend hours doing either!  Just 30 minutes, three times a week is all it takes to see some significant improvements in the way you look.

Far too many women still fear lifting weights because they think it’s going to make them look big and bulky.  Believe me, that’s not the case at all. As a woman, you simply do not have enough testosterone present to generate large amounts of muscle mass, nor are you eating enough calories on a daily basis to do so either.

Instead, weight lifting is going to provide you with the following benefits.

Increased Muscle Tone And Definition

Perhaps the best benefit of a regular weight training regime for women is what it will do to your appearance.  While you may get smaller doing your cardio training, you’re going to end up looking like an exact (slimmer) version of your current self.

What’s worse is that some women who also crash diet while doing hours of cardio in the gym will lose lean muscle mass rather than fat mass, so if anything, you’ll look flabbier as time goes on (enter the term “skinny fat”).

Weight training however helps to burn fat while you keep your muscle, so what you’re left with is a more defined body that’s firmer to the touch.

Enhanced Metabolic Rate

The second reason why women should be consistent with weight training is because it’s going to help to dramatically boost your metabolism.  When lifting weights you’re going to notice that weight loss is far more effortless as you’ll simply burn more calories 24 hours a day without having to make any further changes.

Your metabolic rate will be elevated for up to 48 hours after each weight training session and if you do manage to add a few pounds of lean muscle mass, that new muscle will also burn more calories every day at rest to sustain itself as well.

For long term weight control, nothing beats weight training.

Stronger Bones

Finally, the last clear benefit to lifting weights as a regular part of your workout is that it will help to build your bones stronger.  By lifting weights you’re going to place more stress on the bones that they’ll then rebuild themselves up from, getting stronger in the process.

This will in turn reduce your risk of suffering from stress fractures or other bone related problems.

So as you can see, weight lifting isn’t something that you can afford to pass up. Make sure that you get on a good program today so that you can reap all the benefits that this activity has to offer.  Need help?  Shoot me a message!  I’ll help you find the right solution that aligns with your weight loss & muscle tone goals.

Please share a comment below as to what your favorite weight training workout is!

 

Comments

  1. Valburns2000 says:

    I always promote weight training especially as women get older. Great for bone density and strength. A strong body heals faster too. Had an older (gentleman however but he was turning 70 that day) tell me how quickly he recovered from surgery while regularly attending Body Pump classes. Said he wanted to see more people his age there!

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