Fitness Friday: 14 Reasons to Lift Weights
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?
Thanks for the helpful information.
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Linked here from Debbie's blog. God's blessings as you look for that book publisher! I have a feeling it is going to work out for you. We'll be pulling for you.
I use weights with the Shred and Cardio Max. My mother (71) has very little strength and can barely get out of a chair w/o help. That, alone, is enough to motivate me to stay as strong and healthy as I can.
Clothes fitting better is a bonus!
I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN!!! WISH I WERE THERE!!!!!!!
wish i was there with you. can't wait to hear all the answers to my prayers for you!!!!!
Well, you convinced me about weight training. I have been doing it on and off (more off lately), but I think I really need to start again on a regular basis…
You are in my prayers for the conference – I hope your meeting will go well…
God bless you as you step out again at She Speaks. Can't wait to hear what God does.
Awesome post Sandy. I was writing a post for Monday on exactly that: Weight training. However, mine lacks the "meat" that your post has. It was so interesting to read! I will be sending the ladies that follow my blog your way to come read some more:)
I just wanted to drop by – to let you know that I have been thinking of you and praying for you as you are attending the She Speaks Conference!!!!! I'm so excited for you 🙂 Just wanted you to know 🙂
Sandy- I love you my friend and can't wait to hear how the conference went this past week. I've been praying for you, for God's will. You have touched people with your writing as you share your heart. You've definitely touched mine and I'm so glad to call you my friend. Several people I know also read your post but may not have commented. But they told me they are also praying for you. And I shared it on Facebook too. So, in all of this Sandy …may the Lord be glorified.
You are an excellent writer and sister in Christ. And btw, did you hear Kate of Jottin' Mama had her precious baby? Yes, she did … a little girl. She sounds so happy in her latest post. And I found her through you. I'm thankful for the blogging world.
I'm sending you a big hug.
Oh, and I so agree about the weight lifting. I've been doing it for years and years and believe me, I don't look bulky at all. You're so right on.
Well it it 12:59 and I still have NOT got on the treadmill!!! I need to and I am praying about it!! My weigh is OK, but my cholesterol is getting to high the doctor said. I really eat well, but have not been on the treadmill in one year. SO I am hopping that your blog and the Lord will help me.
Just do it for 5 minutes. Set small goals and you will increase your duration without even noticing it.
Remember, something is better than nothing, when it comes to exercise.
Thank you Sandy,
I am doing 35 min on the treadmill :)five days a week.
It is just hard for me to get on it and get started. Because I have not been on it of a year. I am going to take one day at a time. And right know it is so HOT outside I don't go out much at all. Keep up your blogging for us. We all love you for it, HOT in Phoenix :0)
Blessing to you.
Lifting weights made me stronger and more fit to do more physical work. Lifting weights also helped me to achieve better stamina.