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Why You Should Include It in Your Routine
Weight training is one of the best ways to lose weight, build muscle, and reshape your body. Here are several reasons why weight training is beneficial and should be included in your fitness routine. Below we explore the 6 Benefits of Weight Training and how it can get you back to peak performance.
It burns calories at rest
The great thing about weight training is that a caloric aftereffect burn happens.
Since your body breaks down muscle tissue when you do weight training, the body will burn at a higher metabolic rate to rebuild that torn-down muscle tissue.
Because of this after-effect burn, you will continue losing weight while sleeping.
It completely reshapes your body
Another positive effect of weight training is that it will reshape your body structure to a certain degree. Although cardiovascular exercise will help your body burn fat, your overall structure may stay the same.
Specifically, for women, you can expect your arms to get more toned, lift in your bust, and a shapelier behind.
It makes you stronger
This may not be at the top of anyone’s list, but it is worth noting. Weight training will make your muscles and overall body stronger. Of course, you may not get as strong as a man, but that usually is not the goal for most women.
Small increases in strength can satisfy both men and women and help with self-confidence.
You get to eat more!
This is one of the main reasons why I love to weight train. I get to eat more food!
Don’t use this as an excuse to pig out at a buffet, but you can certainly eat more and indulge more when you weight train consistently.
Remember, if you’re not eating enough, your body will not have enough raw materials to rebuild its muscle tissue. The goal is to find a balance between enough food to rebuild and not too much food so that you are gaining weight.
Weight training is fun!
I have been weight training for the last 20 years and enjoy it. As a man, I was blessed with a very small bone structure and an overall lower body fat level.
The great part about weight training is that I could change my structure and put on over 25 lb. of muscle.
It took me a while to get to this level, but because I did it naturally without any steroids or hormones, the muscle I have put on has stayed on my frame.
The same small increases of muscle and changes in the mirror were extremely satisfying to me, all because of consistent weight training and nutrition.
In addition to being able to reshape my body, weight training is an enjoyable exercise due to getting stronger and increasing my weights consistently.
It is almost like a game where I’m trying to get a higher score.
You won’t get bulky
Working with clients over the years, I have noticed a common misconception regarding women and weight training. There is an idea that women will turn into masculine-looking bodybuilders.
This is just simply not the case.
Unless you are taking anabolic steroids, you will maintain your feminine features.
Don’t forget about Protein
If you are trying to build firm muscle as a woman, you probably need to up your protein intake. I recommend getting at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. It may be challenging to do that with just plain food, which is why I supplement with protein powder.