When it comes to fitness, many of us are guilty of skipping out on resistance or strength training. Some of us aren’t aware of the vast benefits of resistance workouts, and others have been told false information about the effects of this style of training. There is so much misinformation surrounding strength training that scares women away when really, weight training is an effective and beneficial addition to any fitness plan and should definitely be incorporated for a well-balanced routine.
You might have heard the claim “lifting weights will make you bulky.” Many of you have the fear that if you begin to strength train, your muscles will blow up and you will have a “bulky” or “manly” look. When you see these types of physiques on women, know that it takes years of hard work and dedication to build and sculpt their bodies. Women do not have the same level of hormones, such as testosterone, that make it easier for men to build muscle. You will not accidentally build a large amount of muscle mass.
While all body types should be celebrated and appreciated, different people have different goals. If you want a lean, curvy and, most importantly, healthy body, resistance training will help you get there. When you think of a “toned” physique, what you really want is muscle definition. You can get this definition by growing your muscles and shedding fat. Building muscle boosts your metabolism and makes it easier for you to shed fat. Your body will burn more calories even when you’re not working out. Compound moves such as squats, lunges, pushups, and shoulder presses are great because they work several different muscle groups at once.
Not only will strength training make you look better, but it will also make you feel better. It has proven to greatly improve your health, sleep patterns, and mood. It increases bone density, which is especially important as you get older. You will notice yourself standing taller as your posture improves and being able to move easier with increased balance and coordination. You will lower your risk of diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and other health concerns with a regular strength training program.
Finally, you will generally be a happier person when you begin working your muscles. You will fall asleep faster and more deeply. Higher quality sleep leads to a better mood, which is already improved from the endorphins released and stress relieved during your workouts.
Don’t just take my word for it; discover the benefits of strength training yourself by implementing weights and bodyweight resistance training into your weekly routine. Try out a Body Conceptions (BoCo) class at BellaVita, which uses lighter weights to work your shoulders, arms, legs, and glutes, or pick up some heavier weights at the gym once or twice a week. Who doesn’t love feeling strong, looking great, and being healthy?
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