There is still a huge misconception among women that lifting weights will make you ‘look like a man’ and you will develop huge muscles. This is a total fallacy. Unless you train 6 hours a day, 6 days a week and take steroids then this will simply not happen.
The reason for this is, women have far lower testosterone levels and their genetic make up and simply are not designed to gain lots of muscle mass. What will happen is you will drop body fat and tone your body gaining a more athletic look.
NOW! Lets look at just a few, simple benefits you will get from weight training Become a fat burning machine.
For every pound of lean muscle gained you burn and average of 50 calories more a day. A pound of muscle is also a lot smaller than a pound of fat, Weight is only a rough guide to your health and is not the best way to measure yourself, measurements and body fat are a lot more accurate. It is what your body is made up of that counts!!
Weight training can inhibit the affects of Sarcopenia, the age related loss of muscle mass, strength and function. After the age of 30 there is a loss of 3-5% of muscle mass per decade, making day to day tasks gradually harder to perform and slowing your metabolism – increasing the risk of weight gain.
Your health and fitness will improve. Your life expectancy will increase and you reduce the risk of injury especially as you get older Weight training been proven to have a positive affect on insulin resistance, resting metabolism, blood pressure, body fat and gastrointestinal transit time, factors that are linked to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are much more capable of withstanding stress, and the improved flexibility gained by strength training also reduces the likelihood of pulled muscles and back pain.
Weight training is an excellent way of combating several symptoms we all face as we get a little older. Resistance exercise can reduce bone deterioration and build bone mass, preventing osteoporosis.
No, in fact building a little extra muscle can actually reduce the risk of injury. So to lower your body fat, tone and sculpt and to improve your quality of life whatever your age, pick up some weight and watch your body transform – for the better!
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