Women: resisting resistance is futile
It’s been a while, but once again it’s time for me to proclaim the incredible benefits women can derive from lifting weights. Ladies, if you are not spending some of your time in the weights section of the gym you are compromising your training, wasting an opportunity to improve your health and sacrificing the best way to sculpt your physique.
Stop resisting resistance training
At best it is pointless to continue to resist lifting weights – at worst you are missing an addition to your regular workout routine that can revolutionise your life and how you look. And I’m talking about benefits for women of all ages.
In fact, weight training for women is even more important for anyone aged 40+. According to the Mayo Clinic, fat present in arms, legs and hips moves towards the abdomen in middle age. Since women have more body fat than men, the loss of muscle mass in middle age can show up as significant weight gain if action isn’t taken to combat this process. The answer is weight training.
Strength training develops muscles, helping the body to burn more fat, even at rest. Indeed, according to Women’s Health Magazine, two weight lifting sessions a week can help women lose as much as 3% of their overall body fat in just 10 weeks. Further, this does not require any ‘special’ regimes. According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association women can perform the same weight lifting exercises as men, with the best those that use more than one joint or muscle group, such as squats and deadlifts. These exercises burn the most calories and create the best hormonal environment to burn fat.
Stop focusing on the scales – think body composition
Stop using the scales as your sole measure of progress. Lifting weights will help free you from this tyranny. Focus on squats and your jean size, and how you fill them. This might soon be a better indicator of the progress you are making. Muscle is denser than fat, firmer as well as more supple meaning you might weigh the same, but have a smaller, leaner, firmer figure.
So give it a go. Get a Fitness Instructor in your gym to show you different weight training exercises, or if you prefer, try out some of the resistance machines instead of free weights. Whatever your choice, start building muscles – resisting resistance training is futile.
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