So many women avoid the weights area in the gym; ‘fear of looking like a man’ is generally the common excuse. Besides the fact that weight training won’t make you look like a man, there are number of benefits you’re missing out on.
Research shows that between the ages of 30 and 50, you are likely to lose 10 percent of your body’s total muscle. Not only that, but that muscle is likely to be replaced with fat. So if you want to remain tight, toned and looking sexy in your clothes. Keep up with the weight training.
Lifting increases the number of calories you burn while at rest; this is because after each strength workout your muscles need energy to repair. In actual fact, research has shown that doing a total-body workout with just three big-muscle moves, raises your metabolism up to 39 hours afterwards. Burning a greater percentage of calories from fat compared with those who didn’t lift.
You probably thought that strength training would make your joints hurt more, but in fact resistance training strengthens the muscles around the joint allowing them to hold the joint in position better. So strength training can actually help to alleviate joint pain, but make sure you always consult your doctor prior to engaging in any new physical activity program.
By constantly pushing yourself in the gym, going to workout even when you don’t feel like it, lifting difficult weights, challenging yourself to achieve what you didn’t think was possible, builds character and confidence.
As you age your bones become brittle, which increases your chances of developing osteoporosis. Strength training can actually help to prevent bone loss and may even help build new bone over a period of time. Maintaining strong muscles will also help with balance and co-ordination, two factors that help to prevent falls that can cause your bones to break or fracture.
Strength training is the only way you will be able to develop muscle mass allowing you to have a toned physique. Instead of having loose flabby skin, strength training tightens you and gives you a sexy strong confident appearance.
So instead of avoiding the weights area because you ‘don’t want to look like a man’, think about all the great things you are depriving yourself from experiencing because of a misguided notion. Lifting weights does not make you look manly, it makes you look strong, sexy and confident.
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.