I know your first thought when you read the title was- "Me?! Lift?! I don't to want be musclar and manly!"
A muscular physique is not the ultimate result of lifting. Over time, you will "learn your body." You will soon be able know how much to lift and what exercises to do in order to acheive the look you want. There are levels to this, and I'm here to give you the run down on the benefits of lifting and why you should consider it.
The thing that most women want- a nice, hourglass figure and/or womanly curves. It is common for some women to try to achieve this by having an appropriate amount of “good fat” in “good areas” of their bodies. However, it is not the most optimal way of achieving a nice figured physique. Fat cells can easily multiply over time if a proper diet isn’t consistently maintained, which will then lead to “unwanted fat” in “unwanted areas” of your body.
Lifting will not only help you fight off unwanted fat, but it will also improve your bodily curves. Toned muscles naturally have well-rounded curves that can significantly change the look of your physique. Lifting will also allow you to “learn” your body. You will start to understand the level of toned muscles that you need in order to get the curves that you want.
More Efficient Fat/Calorie Burning
It is a big misconception that weightlifting is only good for adding muscle or overall size to your body. While it is true that lifting will provide these benefits, it is also the most ideal way to burn calories and fat. Resistance training will give your body the ability to burn fat and calories during and after your exercise. This is due to your body’s muscle recovery process and your increased metabolism. Also, as you increase your amount of lean muscle, the more muscle contractions you will have throughout the day and thus burn more calories.
Improvement of Your Wellbeing
We talked about the physical benefits you will gain from weight training, but let’s not forget about the others: stress relief, quality of sleep, increased productivity and overall happiness.
Whether it’s work, family, friends or relationships, we all have period of times in our lives when we receive a great deal of stress. Lifting is a great way to relieve some of that tension you piled up from the daily stress that occurs in your life.
Once you start lifting, your body will naturally desire more sleep. This will help you fall asleep faster, sleep deeper and wake less during the night.
Weight training requires discipline, and as you get into the habit of doing it consistently, your discipline will increase as well. This will give you a psychological benefit that you can apply to other activities in life.
Lifting has a variety of other mental, emotional and physical benefits that will just give your life a great deal of happiness. Isn’t that what we all strive for?
Lastly, confidence! It purposely wasn’t mentioned in the previous section because this may be the most important benefit of them all. As you start to get results, physically and mentally, your confidence will skyrocket.
Gaining confidence is about setting goals and achieving them. And what better of an accomplishment than to transform your mind and body in multiple ways all because of weightlifting.
Fitness is a lifestyle, so start lifting now!
Richard is currently studying aboard in Argentina as part of the final year of his MBA degree at the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. Prior to business school, he served as a Software Engineer and Technology Researcher, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His hobbies include Health & Fitness, Technology, Dance and Piano.
Richard is also the CEO and Co-Founder of CROWDFIT LLC. His company is currently developing a new and exciting smartphone app called “CrowdFit”, which will combine several unique features of social media and fitness.
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