Many women commit to workout routines because they want to lose weight and look their best. That often leads them to cardio exercises, such as running and biking. But cardio alone does not build lean muscle tissue that changes the shape of your body and metabolism.
Cardio alone does not build lean muscle tissue that changes the shape of your body and metabolism.
If you’ve been avoiding your gym’s Iron Palace – the weight room – it’s time to reconsider. The benefits of weight training are especially important to women.
Burning Calories: Muscle tissue is dense and burns calories even at the state of rest: more muscles equal more calories burned.
Stronger Bones: Weight-bearing exercises stimulate new bone growth, which helps ward off bone loss and osteoporosis that afflict many women as they age.
Joint Protection: Weight training builds the muscles around your joints, which keep the joints stable and able to withstand strain.
Functional Fitness: Lifting weights keeps us strong enough at any age to lift groceries, climb stairs and other daily activities.
Good looks: A firm, toned body, from head to toe, is always appealing. And when you look great, you feel great!
Maybe you’re reluctant to include weights in your workout because you’ve heard a few common myths about it. Well, here’s the truth from a woman with a lot of lifting experience.
Myth Number 1: Women who weight train look manly.
Truth: A hormone called testosterone gives men the ability to gain greater muscle mass than women. Although women have small amounts of this hormone, the average woman doesn’t produce enough to cause her to naturally grow large muscles like a man.
Myth Number 2: If I start weight training and stop, my muscles will turn into fat.
Truth: Muscle and fat are two separate tissues. If you began a resistance training program and stop, your muscles will become smaller through a process known as atrophy. When you gain weight, your body stores excess units of energy in your cells in the form of fat. These tissues are different in form and function.
Myth 3: Consuming protein help me gain muscle.
Truth: Your body uses protein to build and repair muscle tissue that’s been stressed by external resistance, such as weight training. Consuming protein alone will not increase muscle size or strength.