5 Reasons Why Women Should Lift Weights

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5 Reasons Why Women Should Lift Weights

Strength is now and has always been the epitome of good health regardless of gender. Your body functions at its best when you have lean muscle mass that will carry you through your daily life. When you keep strong you will avoid back pain, injury, improve your posture, have stronger bones and improve your balance and coordination.

Adding to the above health benefits you will look good with a toned and lean body. Women in general worry that lifting weight will make them look manly, but that is not true. What will happen instead is that you will slim down, firm up and feel fantastic.

Here are the 5 reasons why women should lift weights:

1.    It burns calories

Lifting weight can burn a lot of weight, in a high intensity weight lifting session you can burn up to 500 calories an hour. Also your metabolic rate will be up for to 24 hours after your workout. Try to minimize rest time between sets to maximize benefits.

2.    You need muscle to function better in your daily life

You need muscle to carry your kids, if you have any, to shift furniture, move house, or carry the groceries. These activities are easier if you stronger and fitter.

3.    It will help to prevent injuries

Lifting weights is an effective way to protect your bones and prevent injuries as you age. Women are more likely than men to get osteoporosis because of hormonal changes, so it is utterly important women integrate bone-building exercise into their existing training routine. Aside from this very important aspect maintaining strong muscle also benefits balance and coordination.

4.    Improves posture

Good posture is improved with stronger muscles in your midriff and the muscles that support your spine. A lot of attention is paid to the abs and  back muscles tend to be forgotten however to achieve good posture one needs to exercise all of these muscles.

5.    Stress reliever

Recent studies suggest that weight training can actually help treat hypertension. It seems counter-intuitive that lifting weight could improve blood pressure, because blood pressure goes up during the actual weight lifting but studies showed that blood pressure decreased with weight training.If you are concerned about your blood pressure, consider a good program, including weight training before trying medication.

Women should not leave weight training out of their workout routine as weight training will boost your health, trim you down and firm you up.

Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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