Have you ever looked at those muscled-up guys at the gym? Good grief, at times it seems like they’re just showing off, but they look so good they must be doing something right.
I have toyed with the idea of doing some strength training, but like most women, I don’t want to lose my feminine look and have big bulging biceps. Women work out more on the cardio machines, but there are some valid reasons for pumping iron a few times a week.
Burn More Calories
This one is a no-brainer, and if you’re a big eater like me, burning more calories keeps you healthier and it’s a cheap way to avoid purchasing a new wardrobe. Actually, strength training can raise your metabolic rate for up to 24 hours after your workout. Of course, the harder you work, the more calories you’ll burn.
It’s certainly not hard to find something to be depressed about, and you may be facing a day that will test your patience to the max. That’s when you do your weight training as soon as possible. Why is this possible? When you exercise, you release endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that brighten your mood, prevent pain, and kick depression to the curb.
Increase Spine Density
If you’re a middle-aged woman, you want to do all you can to prevent osteoporosis. Strength training not only makes your muscles stronger; it also strengthens your bones. One nice benefit is that it reduces your chances of breaking bones since you will have more density on your spine.
Reduce Body Fat
Wow, anything that reduces fat is great in my book. Strength training builds more lean muscle, and in turn, you burn more calories. Studies have found that a woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months can gain almost two pounds of muscle and lose 3.5 pounds of fat.
If you stick with your strength training, you’re going to be a lot slimmer, and that will certainly put you in a good mood.
Gain Strength without Looking Bulky
Don’t worry about bulking up like Charles Atlas. Thankfully, this is one time that being female works to your advantage. Men have higher levels of testosterone which helps produce those bulging muscles. So, women just gain muscle strength and look toned.
As you age, it seems like you have to work a lot harder to just stay healthy, and strength training can prevent the “middle-aged spread” that so many women worry about. One good tip is to talk to a personal trainer at your gym, and see if you can schedule a free training session.
It’s up to you to take responsibility for your health. Give strength training a try and see if you are happy with the results. Remember you’re worth it!