When women say they want to start working out to lose some weight, most of them usually think about cardio. But weight training can be as effective as cardio, if not more.
It’s not to say that cardio is a bad choice when it comes to weight loss, but if you truly want to improve in your overall health and fitness, you have to start considering adding some weight training in your workouts.
In this article, I will discuss the 7 biggest benefits of weight training for women.
Lose Weight and Keep It Off
In my experience, weight training is one of the fastest and most effective methods to lose fat. Yes, I said fat and not weight.
While cardio or aerobic exercises are great for reducing weight overall, there is a side effect. When people do only aerobic exercises or want to reduce their weight by dieting alone, they lose muscle mass as well. And when we lose muscle mass, we slow down our metabolism.
By adding weight training in your routine, you will counterbalance this side effect, and you will boost your metabolism.
Boost Your Energy
Incorporating weight training in your workouts will make you get rid of the caffeinated dietary supplements that promise to keep you energized.
If you are looking for the best energy booster, look no further than the weight rack.
Lifting weights makes your heart pump more blood into the peripheral parts of your body, increasing your body’s overall blood circulation, giving you a way better energy flow overall.
Increase Your Strenght
Even though lifting weights is not your primary goal in life, that doesn’t mean that an increase in strength cant help.
The more strength you have, there is less chance you will get injured by handling heavy objects like furniture, recycle bins, and so on. This, on the other hand, will make you engage in such activities more, which will result in more calories burned.
Improving Your Heart Health
Hearth health is not just a matter of healthy eating as you probably already know. It’s a muscle and it works like the rest of the muscles on your body.
Physical activities like cardio or weight lifting can tremendously improve your heart health and lower the chances of stroke or heart attack.
While it was popularly believed that cardio is the most effective method for a healthy heart, recent studies have shown that weight lifting reduces LDL cholesterol and that too, makes your heart healthier just as much as cardio does.
Keep Your Bones Strong and Healthy
Did you know that as people age, they tend to lose bone density? Recent studies are showing that women are susceptible to brittle bones and loss of bone density 20% more than men within 7 years after their menopause, some of them even quicker.
But thankfully, now scientists are showing that weight lifting can drastically slow this process down.
When we lift weights, we are stimulating our whole body. That stimulation signals the brain to make the bones stronger, so our body can withstand the physical pressure, thus making our bones stronger.
The good thing is, its never too late to start with a light weight lifting and build a nice foundation for your bone health.
Boost Your Metabolism
The metabolic boost we get from weight training is potentially the most appreciated benefit. Besides toning your body and making it look better, increased muscle mass contributes to a faster metabolism, as we already know from the paragraph above.
Bigger and stronger muscle needs more fuel than small muscles. Simple as that. So the more muscles you have, you will burn more calories at rest.
Which car will burn more fuel to get from 0 to 100 mph, a Ferrari, or some small economic car? Our bodies work the same way.
Someone with more muscle mass will burn a lot more calories in the same physical activity than someone with little muscle mass.
Sleep Better at Night
While there are many sleep remedies like aromatherapy, herbal tea, and meditation, in the long run, there is almost nothing better than a good physical activity, especially weight training.
According to Appalachian State University research, weight training not only helped the participants to fall asleep more deeply, but they fall asleep faster too.
From the participant’s sleep behavior, they found that those who worked out in the morning fall asleep 45 minutes faster than those who don’t work out
That’s a big difference, worth spending half an hour before you take your morning shower.
It’s a pity that weight training is so popular only for bodybuilders. The benefits of it are well-beyond the aesthetics and it improves everything in your life, heart health, metabolism, bone density, and better sleep.