What’s that you say? You don’t lift weights?You’re afraid you will “bulk up”?
But if you are a female, trust me, you do NOT have to be concerned about that. Just to prove it to you, here is a picture of me:
OK…that’s not really me. In fact, I’ve been lifting weights at least 3 times a week for the last 20 years and I look nothing like that. For real.
But Fitness Friday Girl, I don’t get it…if my muscles get bigger, won’t I look bigger?
The answer is no, and here’s why: In the real world, when you increase your muscle size, you also increase your basal metabolism, which aids in burning fat off your body, 24-hours a day–even while you sleep. Thus (don’t you love when people say “thus”), you get leaner, and you get SMALLER because you carry less fat on your body.
In fact, it can reverse the natural metabolism decline which happens around age 30.
Have no fear, the manly-looking-muscle-women you fear to become cannot happen without you taking some serious steroids. Sorry…it’s just physiologically impossible. That type of muscle gain is directly attributed to the amount of testosterone in your body. Men have about 10 times the testosterone flowing through their handsome physiques than women do. And even the huge body builder men get that way from YEARS of intense training, strict diet, and more strict training…and probably some steroids, as well.
1. Weight training energizes you.
2. Weight training has a positive effect on almost all of your 650-plus muscles.
3. Weight training improves your muscular endurance.
4. Weight training makes you strong. Strength gives you confidence and makes daily activities easier.
5. Weight training makes you less prone to low-back injuries.
6. Weight training decreases your resting blood pressure.
7. Weight training decreases your risk of developing adult onset diabetes.
8. Weight training decreases your gastrointestinal transit time, reducing your risk for developing colon cancer.
9. Weight training increases your blood level of HDL cholesterol (the good type).
10. Weight training improves your posture.
11. Weight training improves the functioning of your immune system.
12. Weight training lowers your resting heart rate, a sign of a more efficient heart.
13. Weight training improves your balance and coordination.
14. Weight training elevates your mood.
If you lift weights, what has been your experience? If you don’t…why not?