7 Reasons Why Everyone (Especially Women!) Should Lift Weights

1:  To boost your metabolism

  • Beginning as early as in our 30’s, everyone (both men and women) will lose an average of 5 to 8 lbs. of muscle mass per decade. This loss of lean muscle tissue causes your metabolism to plummet.
  • The more lean muscle mass you have on your body, the more calories it will burn long after your workout is over.
  • Participating in a strength/weight training program 2 to 3 times per week will help counteract the aging process to keep lean muscle mass on your body and keep your metabolism revved up.

2. To burn fat

  • Lean muscle tissue is much more “active” than fat (1 pound of muscle burns 3X more calories per hour that one pound of fat). The more lean muscle you have on your body, the more calories your body will burn, even while sleeping!

3: To eliminate those extra inches from your body

  • Lean muscle tissue is much denser and takes up a lot less space than fat.
  • Using popcorn as an example, compare 1 lb. of uncooked popcorn kernels (lean muscle) and 1 lb. of popped popcorn kernels (fat).  They both weigh the same, 1 lb., but the uncooked popcorn (lean muscle) is much more dense and takes up a lot less space than 1 lb. of cooked popcorn (fat).

4: To reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes

  • Studies have shown that lean muscle mass helps remove glucose and triglycerides from the bloodstream which in turn can lower your risk of hardening of the arteries or acquiring type 2 diabetes.

5: To lower your blood pressure

  • It has been reported that weight training can lower your blood pressure for ten to twelve hours after each workout.  This reduction helps take some pressure off your heart and gives it a little break.

6: To strengthen your bones

  • Along with losing muscle mass, everyone is also susceptible to bone loss (osteoporosis) due to the process of aging.
  • Due to the fact that females naturally have less muscle mass on their body, women are much more prone to osteoporosis than men.  Therefore, it is more imperative for women to counteract the aging process by participating in a strength/weight training program 2 to 3 times per week.

7: To prevent you from falling

  • One in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults 73 and older and the second leading cause of death from ages 60 to 72.
  • Strength training not only keeps you strong but also helps to improve your balance. This will greatly reduce your risk of suffering a fall-related injury or fracture.

 

 

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This post was written by Patti on January 20, 2013

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