My fitness and exercise regime used to purely consist of cardio. Be it racing on the treadmill, spinning or rowing. Now I have discovered weights and I wish that I had been using them earlier. Why now? In the past, I’m talking pre-children, I worked out to lose weight. I didn’t want to be strong, I wanted to be skinny. I hated my body and the thought of getting into a swimsuit filled me with fear. Nowadays my attitude and outlook has changed. Having children makes you revaluate your body. You realise how amazing it is, how it has carried children. You no longer focus on being skinny, you want to be strong and a good role model for your children. I discovered weights because nowadays I want to be a strong mum who is owning it!
We should all be lifting weights. I’m not going to lie I was always a bit intimidated by the weights section of the gym. It tended to be full of bodybuilders who clearly all knew what they were doing, gurning away in the mirror. I didn’t have a clue where to start. Nowadays, I feel that I know a little bit more. I no longer have a gym membership as it proved too expensive but I am still able to work with weights at home. I have a kettle bell, some dumb bells and then there is our body. Our body can be a very effective tool when weight training. Planks anyone? Yoga? Also there are plenty of household implements we can use, I’ve even been known to bust out a few squats whilst holding Youngest. Weights are brilliant and they are now the workout I enjoy the most.
Here are 10 reasons why every woman should be lifting weights
- People often think that doing weights means that you won’t lose any weight. WRONG. You actually shed more fat doing weights. Studies have shown that lifting weights means you lose more belly weight than if you were doing a session of cardio!
- Weight lifting is good for your bones. Weight training means that your bones become stronger and more dense.
- You won’t bulk up. This is a myth. If anything you will probably find that you drop a dress size. Winning!
- Doing weights will help with your running. I have been doing Yoga which can be very weight based, you are just using your body, and I have found that it has helped my running. I am faster and able to run for longer.
- You will feel stronger. I am not talking physically here, I am talking mentally. When I am lifting weights I feel like I could take anyone on!
- Lifting weights means that you will see results quicker. You will notice that your body is changing shape and you will notice that you are getting stronger. Continue to push yourself though, it is true when it comes to “no pain, no gain”
- You will sleep better. Strength training aids sleep. You will find that you sleep deeper and for longer.
- You will have more energy. Weight training will cause an increase in energy that is noticeable hours after you have trained. You might often feel wiped out after a session on the treadmill. This will not be the case after weight training.
- Improve your posture. It will help strengthen your back and shoulders and therefore improve your posture.
- Why not! If a woman wants to lift then she should lift! Lift weights and take on the world – raaah!
Do you lift weights? If not, would you give it a go?
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