Put down the fitness fads and pick up some weights!
There are a lot of lists out there for why you should lift weights, but let me take a minute to tell you some of mine. This coming from a girl who couldn’t do a push up to save her life, who wouldn’t even dream of attempting a pull-up, and if you wanted to find me at the gym it would be on a piece of cardio equipment for 1+ hours. I may not be an expert in weight lifting, but I am a walking billboard for it being beneficial.
Let’s start off the list with a very simple and to the point reason…
#1 It works. It gets results.
Sounds like a no brainier, but then why doesn’t everyone do it? You don’t have to have goals of being the next Arnold or even looking like a person who lifts. If you want to have shape to your body, then lifting is where it’s at. I’m sure many of you have looked at a celebrity and said “omg I want that body!” If they are working with a good trainer, weights are a part of their workouts. Whether it be free weights or resistance training, they are not JUST doing cardio. To sculpt your body you must focus on the specific area you want to change, and then execute. It’s works and the results speak for themselves over time.
#2 You become a fat burning machine. People who are heavily muscular typically have a high basal metabolic rate, which means they burn a significant number of calories, even when resting. How cool is that? Burning calories, while resting…count a sister in! Research shows that 1 pound of muscle burns seven to 10 calories per day, while 1 pound of fat burns only 2 to 3 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise. If that isn’t motivation in itself, I don’t know what is. Numbers don’t lie. Having muscle makes you more efficient!
#3 Workouts fly by!
If you’ve ever been on the treadmill or a stair master for an hour, it feels like 7 days. Personally, I would always cover the time up with a towel because I didn’t want to see how much longer I had to be on the damn things. Now, lifting weights I am more focused on my form, executing the exercise correctly, and having to be consciously engaged in what I am doing, that I don’t even look at the time. Trust me if you’re looking at the clock while lifting, you’re going to hurt yourself:)
#4 You will feel stronger and more confident!
There is something to be said about feeling strong, especially as a woman. I’m not talking busting through brick walls, She-man strong, I’m talking the feeling of empowerment and confidence. The human body can do some really awesome things, and when you come out of a workout conquering something new, or achieving something you never thought you could, you hold your head higher.
#5 It legit makes you healthier, which in turn makes you live longer. Strength training increases bone density, and is low impact. We’re not always going to be young, so picking up a weight lifting routine now, will save you from brittle bones and falls down the road. Not to mention, it’s great for your heart and makes you extremely happy. Weight training is something you can do for the rest of your life. It’s my version of golf;)
So, my advice to you is to incorporate some time of weight training into your current routine. It’s doesn’t have to be the only thing you do, but the benefits you will see from it are mind blowing. Stay fit, stay healthy, stay strong!