Are you avoiding the weights area in fear of growing bulging biceps and thicker thighs? We’re here to bust this bodybuilding myth and assure you that lifting weights certainly won’t turn you into the Hulk overnight, but might just give you the body shape and love of fitness that you’ve always wanted. To persuade you to jump off the treadmill and pick up those dumbbells, we’re sharing our 6 favourite reasons why girls should try lifting. Go on, show those boys’ what you’re made of!
More Muscle – More Calorie Burn
You might think that jogging on the treadmill until you’re hot and sweaty might torch those calories, but intense weight training can actually boost your metabolic rate for the rest of the day, meaning you’ll keep burning fat even when you’re back at home on the sofa. The more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll need – the perfect excuse to order that extra side dish at dinner!
Feeling stressed? Instead of killing yourself with cardio, try heading to the gym for a good muscle pump instead. Blast your favourite songs and throw all your frustrations into those lifts - you’ll find a strength you never knew you had! You’ll well and truly leave your tension at the gym and will come home feeling stronger and more capable than ever.
Weight-bearing exercise is great for maintaining and even improving bone health, as well as being kinder to those joints than pounding the streets on a run. Decrease your risk of osteoporosis and keep your bones healthy with some consistent weight training; your senior self will certainly thank you later.
More Energy Throughout the Day
You might come away from an hour or so slogging away on the cross trainer feeling completely wiped, however lifting can do the complete opposite for your energy levels. Get up early for an hour of weight training and you’ll find yourself high on endorphins, feeling productive and ready to seize the day. You’ll be kissing goodbye to sleepy mornings falling asleep at your desk!
There is nothing quite like throwing a barbell above your head to get you feeling strong and empowered. Lifting weights can be a huge boost to your confidence and will make you feel like the powerful woman you truly are. Its effects on your body will certainly have you feeling good, but it will be learning how strong your body is that you’ll be most proud of. Boost your confidence by picking up those weights and you’ll soon be feeling like Wonderwoman!
As much as we all want to see results from our hard earned efforts, fitness is meant to be something we enjoy. By adding some variety into your training programme and lifting those weights you’ll find the gym so much more fun than spending an hour jogging on the treadmill or pedalling on the bike. Get creative with your methods and clock watching will soon be a thing of the past.
This blog was written by Kathryn Armitage. Kathryn: the creator of lifestyle blog, A Healthy Wanderlust. Covering everything from culture and society to health and travel, check out her blog for a lot of seriously good food, opinionated rants and plans for world adventures. You can also find Kathryn on Instagram and Twitter.