Many women are under the impression that lifting weights will make you bulk up when in fact women don't have the testosterone to get the big muscles. Building muscle isn't easy and you won't turn into a she-hulk if you squat your own body weight, what you will end up with is stronger legs and great backside! The way you train will play a significant role in your success - if you adhere to a balanced program of lunges, dead lifts, squats, pull ups, push ups and presses you will get stronger, not bigger.
Weight training can:
- reduce stress and is good for your heart.
- make you stronger and reduces your risk of osteoporosis.
- help you lose weight. According to one study, adding just two sessions per week of heavy lifting can reduce your body fat by three percent without cutting calories.
- strengthen bones and stabilize joints which reduces the risk of injury.
- increase your metabolism. When you put on more lean mass, your body requires more energy which in turn allows you to burn more calories during the day without exercise.
Throwing around some heavy weight can also do wonders for your self-esteem. If you feel physically strong, chances are it will increase your confidence in your ability to tackle new challenges in and outside the gym.
Whether you have just beat a personal best or you're just starting to see and feel the difference in the strength of your own body, one of the best things lifting does is to turn your attention away from just getting "skinny" and empowers you to create a strong new body that's all your own.
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