Come on ladies, y’all want to look good don’t you? You want to be fit, strong, and active for as long as possible, don’t you? You want to have the metabolism you had in your younger years, don’t you? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, the solution you are looking for is resistance training.
Weight resistance training is a key part of a woman’s fitness plan because females lose muscle as they age. Studies have found that from the ages of 30 to 70 the average woman loses more than 20 percent of her muscle. This trend can be fought with weightlifting.
Boost Your Metabolism
Lifting weights will speed up your metabolism. After all, fat uses many fewer calories than does even resting muscle. In fact, a pound of muscle at rest burns 30 calories or so a day. However, when you workout, your muscles burn calories at an elevated rate for many hours.
Tighten Your Body
Are you tired of your butterfly wings, you know the flabby underarm that we women are often stricken with as we age? Resistance training can replace those wings with stoic pipes of muscle. Moreover, weight training also helps the other jiggly parts of your body tighten up.
You Will Shrink
Believe it or not, lifting weights makes most women smaller. This flies in the face of the conventional worry that many women have of weight lifting making them bulky. Muscle cells are compressed, while fat cells are not, so one pound of muscle is much smaller than is one pound of fat. Even if you gain body weight by lifting, your body will be smaller and easier to fit into that cute summer top.
Your Health Will Improve
Weight lifting will strengthen your bones, a very important outcome for women, and fight off type two diabetes and protect your heart and circulatory system.
Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on December 10, 2014
Karen Eisenbraun is a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. She has written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.
Karen received her nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. She follows a ketogenic diet and practices intermittent fasting. Karen advocates a whole foods approach to nutrition and believes in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.