There’s so much conflicting information about the benefits of weight lifting for females. And when I say ‘conflicting information’, what I really mean is rubbish!
People would have women believe that high reps at low weights is best because this helps to ‘elongate’ women’s muscles rather than making them bulky like men’s.
Just to scare women even more, there are plenty of ‘fitness gurus’ who claim that lifting heavy makes women get as bulky as men. Let me tell you, it is not physiologically possible for a woman to get as big as a man through weight lifting as we don’t have the levels of testosterone that they do.
The only way you’re going to get nearly as bulky as a man is if you use steroids. So, you know those pictures you see of huge muscly women which people use to back up their claims of weights making women bulky? Well, they’re women on steroids. They’re not natural.
The benefits of weight lifting for females
With so much conflicting information around it’s no wonder that women are confused as to whether or not they should give weights a go. So, I’m going to cut through the noise and give some objective no-BS reasons why lifting weights is good for us ladies!
1. Increases bone density
Women are at risk of developing osteoporosis later in life due to the menopause. Lifting weights is a great way to increase bone mass and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
2. Burns more calories
When compared with cardiovascular activity, lifting weights continues to burn more calories post workout. Also, as you increase your muscle mass your body becomes more efficient at burning calories. Therefore, more muscle = more calories burned, even at rest!
3. Better for losing fat
Similarly to number 2, you carry on burning calories for hours, and even days, after a heavy weight lifting session. This therefore assists in the fat loss process.
4. Improved heart health
Weight lifting can reduce your risk of heart disease by reducing blood pressure, resting heart rate, glucose levels, and lowering your waist circumference!
5. Reduces stress
Although engaging in any form of fitness is a good form of stress relief, research has found that people who lift weights were able to manage stress more effectively and experience fewer negative reactions when faced with stressful situations.
So whatever your motivation, try and incorporate some weights into your fitness regime. You’ll feel the benefits for months and even years into the future!
What benefits have you felt from your fitness regime?