As much as I love an intense cardio workout and sweating like there’s no tomorrow, it isn’t the only way to lose weight and get healthy. Cardio is only one part of our fitness. Weight training is essential, too. In case you didn’t already know, women don’t get bulky from lifting weights. I love seeing the cut of my muscles and feeling strong! And it’s never too late for us Baby Boomers to start building muscle.
Why should women lift weights?
- Our metabolism is revved up for hours after weight-training, burning more fat. The less muscles we have, the slower our metabolism.
- Lifting weights can help us change our body shape and keep us from experiencing the dreaded middle-age spread.
- Feeling strong is empowering and it boosts our self-confidence.
- When our bones are made to bear weight, they get stronger like muscles do.
- Weight lifting releases endorphins like cardio does and can put us in a better mood and fight depression.
- Improved muscle mass and strength will help us in all physical activities. This is especially important as we age.
- Lifting weights results in stronger tendons and ligaments which improve joint stability.
- Gaining muscle increases our HDL cholesterol (the good kind of cholesterol).
- The more muscle we have, the better our bodies are at getting rid of glucose.
I hope these tips inspire you to start lifting those weights! Start with light weights and move to heavier weights as you can. You’ll love how you look and feel!
Reference: 10 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights, Whitney Provost, Team Beachbody Blog, July 2, 2014.