Weight Training For Women - Get A Lean and Toned
always surprised by the number of women I meet at the gym who never
lift weights. Many women have no problem getting in their cardio
workouts, but for a variety of reasons, never hit the weight room.
Weight lifting has so many benefits for women. Here are just a few:
- The obvious - you will look better. Lifting weights builds,
shapes, strengthens and sculpts problem areas.
- It will make you physically stronger. This will help
you with everyday chores such as lifting and carrying your children,
laundry and groceries.
- You will lose body fat. Adding lean muscle mass increases
your resting metabolism rate. Each pound of added muscle burns
30-50 additional calories per day. That can really add up!
- Lifting weights increases bone density and decreases
your risk of osteoporosis. Besides getting enough calcium,
this is the single most important thing you can do to protect
- It will reduce your risk of injury. Lifting weights not
only strengthens muscles, but also connective tissues and joints.
Don't avoid weights because you have bad knees, ankles, etc. Instead,
concentrate on strengthening the muscles surrounding your joints
- you may be surprised how much better you feel.
- Lifting weights will improve your attitude and help fight
depression. As you become physically stronger, you will feel
more confident, capable, and mentally strong. This may be the
best benefit of all!
Don't know where to get started? First, use the many exercise
guides and workout
routines provided for you on this website. This is a great
resource and shows you proper form for hundreds of exercises! Be
sure to incorporate exercises for all major muscle groups. Still
confused? Ask for help! Many gyms offer an "introduction"
to the weight room at little or no cost. Or, consider hiring
a personal trainer for a few sessions to get you started
on the right track. Try to lift weights two to three times per week,
but if that doesn't fit with your schedule, you will benefit from
even just once a week. Add weights to your current fitness routine
and you will look and feel better, and have a stronger and healthier
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