5 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights
By Lorna Jane
I must admit I was late to discover the world of strength training. I was always under the impression that lifting weights was only for men and that cardio was the way for me to keep fit and healthy. But I was missing the secret ingredient to building a firmer, stronger and more sculpted body that cardio just couldn't give me!
I now swear by strength training, and I include it in my workouts at least twice a week. I can honestly say that I am in better shape and physically stronger in my 40s than I ever was throughout my 20s and 30s! If, like most women, you're afraid of adding weights to your workouts, keep reading to discover the health benefits you'll reap from strength training. Your body will thank you for it.
1. You'll Lose Body Fat
Strength training actually burns more body fat than cardio. Strength training continues to burn fat after you've finished working out, and even increases your metabolism for up to 48 hours!
2. You Will Be Physically Stronger
You will experience a substantial increase in your strength from weight training. It will not only help you add power to the sport that you play, but you'll also see results in your daily activities. From lifting heavy objects, to climbing stairs and carrying the groceries — they'll all become much easier to perform.
3. You Will Help Prevent Injury
Strength training promotes stronger muscles and tendons, decreasing your chance of injury. This is especially important as we get older because strengthening muscles around our joints is one of the best ways to prevent and recover from injury.
4. You'll Reduce Health Risks
One of the lesser-known benefits of resistance training, is that it positively impacts your health in multiple ways — from improving the way in which the body processes sugar, lessening the risk of type 2 diabetes, to helping increase bone density and lowering blood pressure.
5. You Will Look More Toned
This one is particularly important for the people who have lost weight, and might have some loose skin. Strength training will allow you to add lean muscle, and firm and sculpt your body more effectively than any other type of exercise.
Now that you're equipped with the knowledge of how great strength training is for you, go on and pump some iron! Begin by lifting smaller weights, and increase the weight every two weeks. Here are 12 moves to get you started!
Here's to living your best active life, starting right now!
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Lorna Jane Clarkson is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lorna Jane, Australia’s leading activewear brand for women (now available in the U.S.). With her passion for being active, her love for healthy food and recipes, not to mention her infectious positive outlook on life, Lorna inspires women to Move, Nourish and Believe every day.