8 Benefits of Weightlifting for Women
Have you ever wondered what the benefits are to lifting weights compared to just jumping on the treadmill and running it out? Have you only ever veered towards the cardio machines because you feel like lifting weights will make you look too “manly”? Well, I’m here to tell you to get that myth out of your head right now! I am about to explain to you why weightlifting is better for you than just heading towards the cardio bunny trail.
Cardio may seem like the go-to thing to start losing weight, but you may want to double think that before moving forward. While it may contribute to fat loss, it’s not the main thing that will help you achieve your goals. There are many benefits of lifting weights, and I’m here to explain to you just a few!
Benefit #1: Helps reduce risk of injury
Training with weights not only strengthens your muscles, but also strengthens your joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue around your muscles, making it less likely for you to injure yourself while doing activities inside and outside of the gym!
Benefit #2: Helps burn more calories
Weight training is proven to increase your metabolism for up to 24 hours after your workout, which means your body is burning more calories throughout the day!
Benefit #3: Helps with weight loss
That’s right! You knew where I was getting at! Because weight training speeds up your metabolism, burning more calories throughout the day can also result is weight loss! Also, the more muscle mass you build, the more calories your muscle tissue burns!
Benefit #4: Helps build strength (But not get you bulky)
You may assume that weight training will get you big & bulky instead of slim you down, but that is not the case! As females, we do not physically produce enough testosterone to get us “bulky” and gain muscle like the guys do when they work out. We just develop lean muscle mass without the added bulk, making us look toned!
Benefit #5: Helps reduce stress and improve mood
Hitting the weights can also help improve your mood! When you work out, your brain creates a chemical call endorphins. Endorphins increase your mood, can relieve stress, fight depression and anxiety, give you energy, and just make you feel better throughout your day!
Benefit #6: Helps fight Osteoporosis
For women, Osteoporosis is more common as we age. We naturally lose bone density and muscle mass. Training with weights will help keep on the muscle, keep your bone density and fight to keep Osteoporosis away.
Benefit #7: Helps improve balance
Training with weights helps improve more muscles than just your major muscles such as hamstrings, quads, back, and shoulders. We also have smaller muscles called stabilizer muscles that we subconsciously work while we are training, which ultimately helps us improve our balance.
Benefit #8: Helps improve your mental state/makes you stronger mentally
Weight training helps push you to overcome obstacles that get in your way, therefore, making you stronger mentally. A stronger physique means a stronger mind. Weight lifting skills us on perseverance, which is a great benefit to help make our mentality stronger.
Free Beginner Dumbbell Workout:
Complete 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions.