I always hear women say, “Lifting weights will make me look like a man.” My response, at least in my mind is, “No, steroids will make you look like a man.” But, I usually just tell them that lifting weights creates a great balance when done with cardio, but cardio alone will cause the body to look too lean and skinny.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve already done the skinny thing (not on purpose) and would rather look healthy and lean with some muscle tone. Muscles help to fill out the body and, depending on how heavy or light you lift, can really get you the curves you desire- especially your booty.
Aside from gaining muscle tone, here are five other reasons you should start lifting weights.
1. Lifting Burns Fat
High intensity lifting and metabolic training stimulates lipolysis (breakdown and destruction of fat) and increases the body’s metabolism hours after you leave the gym. You not only burn calories during your weight training session, but you’ll continue to burn calories long afterwards.
Your body becomes strong, defined, and lean. No more will you feel ashamed or lack self-confidence when you are naked. You will look and feel awesome!
2. Post-Workout Burn
A high intensity lifting session burns approximately 500 calories per hour and boosts your basal metabolic rate (BMR)- the minimum number of calories your body burns at rest, working out, or lying down.
What this means is that you not only burn calories while working out, you also continue to burn them up to 24 hours afterwards. The more intense you lift, the more you burn through your boosted metabolism.
This also means that the more muscle you gain, the less fat you’ll have. The less fat you have, the more calories you burn at rest.
Gaining muscle gets you lean and keeps you lean.
3. Prevents Your Metabolism From Declining
As we increase with age our metabolism typically decreases, starting around the age of 30. To prevent this from happening,
incorporate frequent weight training in your fitness life.
With your metabolic rate elevated, you will stay in shape well into your retirement years!
4. Improves Posture
Lifting weights strengthens your muscles, including your back, neck, shoulders, and core (abdominal area). Strength in these areas helps you to stand up taller, improve your posture, preserve the spine and reduces back pain.
Who wouldn’t want to look strong and confident on a daily basis?
Exercise and weight training release endorphins- neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood, and enhance pleasure. Endorphins are released during long workouts where the intensity is moderate to high and breathing is difficult.
With all of that release and heavy breathing going on, your stress levels decrease, along with any anxieties and depression. You begin to feel happy with each breathless set you complete!
So what’s your excuse for not lifting weights?