Women don’t often lift weight because they think they’ll get big and ‘bulky’. However, that’s far from the case. In fact, there are loads of reasons why you should start lifting weights heavier and more often. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should pick up some weights today.
1 – Confidence
Walking into a gym and picking up an extremely heavy weight will make you feel incredible. Progressing to a point where you’re lifting 30kg, 40kg, or even 50kg overhead is a real feat that you can be proud of. This feeling will then translate to the rest of your life and help you in other areas.
2 – Lose More Fat
The more muscles you use, the more fat you’ll burn. Also, the more muscle on your body, the more fat you’ll burn at rest.
3 – Get A Grip On Stress
Lifting weights has been shown as a good way to vent your negative feelings, anger, or stress. A lot of people use it as a form of active meditation.
4 – You’ll Be Happier
Weightlifting has been shown to increase people’s moods. Some researchers found that after 3 months of three workouts a week participants significantly improved their mood.
5 – Your Bones Will Get Stronger
The more weight your muscles can handle, the stronger your bones become. This means you’ll also have a lower chance of serious injury now and far into old age.
6 – You’ll Have A Healthier Heart
Lifting weights is a great way to decrease your blood pressure and improve the oxygen delivery to all of your muscles. As well as this you’ll be at a lower risk of stroke and heart attacks.
7 – You’ll Live Longer
Research has shown that there is a direct correlation to the amount of strength across your whole body and a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. You are also more likely to reach the ripe old age 85 without any major diseases.
8 – Less Risk Of Injury
As we grow older, our chances of falling and seriously hurting ourselves increases dramatically. However, this can be offset by strength training throughout your life. People who strength train are far less likely to fall in old age due to their balance, coordination, and power. So, not only will you live longer but you’ll have a better quality of life, too.
9 – You’ll Be A Better Worker
Studies have shown that on the days that people exercised, not only were they more productive but they were happier as well. In fact, the exact figure is a massive 15% more productive which isn’t too shabby.
10 – You’ll Become More Intelligent
Just six months of resistance training has been shown to improve people’s cognitive function. According to Women’s Health, the exercise promoted ‘better short- and long-term memory, improved verbal reasoning, and a longer attention span.’