Updated: Jan 8
Women and weight lifting have not gone together pretty well. We all know the myth about women and weights. The belief that lifting weights would change a woman’s body and give it a manly texture is strong among women and girls all over the world. However, this may not be the actual truth. On the contrary, weightlifting is actually beneficial for women. Research proves that women's bodies don’t make enough testosterone to have muscles equivalent to a man. Hence, what weightlifting actually does to a woman is give it that beautifully cut figure that is so desirable by many! Besides this, weight lifting also has a number of other benefits. Here we describe 5 inspiring benefits that woman can avail from simply lifting weights.
Lifting weight is an extremely efficient and astonishingly rapid way of losing fat. This is attributable to the fact that lean muscle increases the resting metabolic rate of the body. So, even when you are not lifting you are burning more fat than normal. As a matter of fact, every pound of muscle allows you to burn 30 to 50 more calories every day! What’s more, all the muscles synergize to create an effect larger than expected.
Do you get tired easily? Are you too nimble with all the things around the house? Well, weightlifting can help you claim a great amount of strength that will not only help you be more strong around the things you handle daily but will also help you feel more independent and more in control. You don’t need to ask anyone to do something for you. You can do it yourself!
Weight training is a great way to address that back and shoulder for that perfect posture you always wanted. It helps strengthen your back and gives your shoulders the perfect width to create a strong spine that you can hold straight. With shoulders held back, these exercises can get you that amazing posture that is idolized.
Decreased risk of osteoporosis
As women age, they enter into a catabolic state where their bones start 'melting' away. This condition is called osteoporosis and can cause weak bones, painful joints and susceptibility to fractures. To avoid this, women need to keep their bones in check by constantly utilizing them. Weightlifting is a great way to constantly use your bones to ensure they are well preserved. This will help you avoid those pains that so many women typically complain about, soon after middle age.
Exercise, especially weightlifting releases a lot of endorphins. These are the happy hormones of our body, the opioids. Yes, they reduce pain, they alleviate depression and enhance mood, helping you kill unnecessary stresses from your life. So, a session or two of weight training in a week can actually help women stay happy and content.
All in all, the general misconception about women and weightlifting needs to change. Women need to realize the fact that lifting a certain amount of weight is actually going to help their body stay fit and in shape. Plus, with all the stress relieving benefits, weightlifting may actually be a great break from work and all the daily stresses. You shouldn’t be afraid of some little weights, they can actually benefit you more than you think!
Sign up to our upcoming Female Fitness Brunch on 6th July 2019, 'Women & Weights' for live demonstrations and mini workshops on Weight Training. We also have plenty of freebies up for grabs and would hate for you to miss out !