You’re a real go-getter. It’s likely that your alarm went off before the sun rose. You got up, got dressed and got to the gym before most are still hitting “snooze.” Sure, you are already a force to be reckoned with, but if you’re not doing strength training, you’re probably not reaching your fullest potential.
Strength training can be intimidating but in truth, it can benefit women in so many ways. No, it doesn’t make you look “too big,” so set that fear aside. Before you hit the gym, here are nine reasons you should opt for free weights over the elliptical.
It’s simple, really: when you add weight training to your routine, you’re adding the potential for your body to burn more calories even when you’re resting.
Have you heard that strength training will cause your body to become more inflexible over time? Wrong! This common misconception has been proven wrong by research. The University of North Dakota studied the static stretches versus strength training exercises and found those with a full-range of motion in resistance training workouts can help improve flexibility.
Beat Buddha Belly:
Though the market may tell us otherwise, there is no quick fix for spot reduction. Toss out the pills that promise to blast belly fat. However, core strength training can help reduce your waist circumference, according to a new study from Harvard’s Women’s Health Watch. Even if you don’t lose weight, you lose visceral fat and gain muscle mass. If you’ve got a pouch, train your obliques and abdominal muscles with weighted core strength moves to get rid of that Buddha belly.
There’s nothing as satisfying as hitting the pillow hours after a sweaty weightlifting session. The physical fatigue of strength training can really help improve sleeping habits and increase winks. Most people who deadlift on a regular basis report having more restful sleep cycles, and average over seven hours of sleep per night.
The strength gained from developing visually define muscles is balanced by the control developed in the smaller muscles. So, the agility increased by weightlifting will enhance your performance in all the activities you perform.
As Elle Woods clearly states in Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands; they just don’t.” It’s a comedy, but that statement is entirely true. Jokes aside, a brighter outlook on life is a real perk to regular exercise.
In addition to endorphins comes a hit of dopamine. Yes, it’s that euphoric feeling that hits you after an achievement. Completing a set of close grip bench press is a major win and walking to the shower in a sweat feels so good. Physical performance in the gym lets us build these feelings of success and allows that euphoric feeling to impact other aspects of our lives.
Have Better Sex:
We saved the best for last, naturally. Out of all the positive side effects experienced from lifting, having a better sex life is hard to beat. Think about it. If strength training results in better sleep, increased energy, improved flexibility, and induces a regular menstrual cycle, as we’ve discussed, wouldn’t those improvements led to better sex? Of course! A healthier body means a healthier sex life, so start lifting, ladies.