Today's post is geared more toward women (sorry, fellas!). For some reason, it seems a lot of women have bought into the myth that if they lift heavy weights they'll get bulky and look manly. We've all seen the women who are body builders or do bikini fitness competitions who have bulked up a lot, and it may turn you away from lifting weights if you don't want to look like that. First, let me start by saying those women are almost always taking some sort of supplement (or even hormone) in order to look that way. It isn't just strictly lifting weights that developed those bodies. On it's own, the female body does not bulk up with muscle simply because we do not have the hormones to support that.
There are so many benefits to lifting weights and I believe everyone (man, woman, old, young) need to incorporate this in some way into their workout routine.
-You'll build muscle mass: this in turn will keep you burning more calories at rest. Studies also show more muscle mass as you age could equate to a longer life.
-You'll increase your bone density: this will lower your risk of fractures, and for us ladies this is especially important once we hit menopause and the protective effects of estrogen on our bones is gone.
-You'll sculpt your body in ways cardio alone can't do: bring on the skinny jeans and tank top weather!
-You'll be strong: need I even say this? But seriously there are so many benefits to a strong body like decreasing back pain, increasing your running speed, improving your posture, and just plain makes you feel able and confident.
So pick up those heavy weights (or build up to them!). Reap the benefits of a strong body!
Do you lift weights regularly?