Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ladies, don't be afraid of weights!

Strength training has been shown to increase our muscle tone, decrease body fat, and so much more. Here are a few more good reason to lift weights! 

1. Increased Metabolic Rate - Strength training increases your metabolic rate by increasing the calories you burn on a daily basis. The more calories you burn, the more chance you have to drop body fat.
2. Strength training prevents and fights osteoporosis.
3. Increase in your lean muscle mass. You will not get big and bulky by strength training! You simply do not have enough testosterone in your body. For every pound of lean muscle mass that you have, you burn 35-50 calories per day! If you have 10 pounds of lean muscle mass then you burn between 350-500 calories. If you have 20 pounds you burn between 700 and 1000 calories per day! This is one of the biggest benefits of strength training for women.
4. Helps with injury prevention! Strength training strengthens our muscles and tendons. The stronger we are the less chance of an injury. This is especially important as we grow older.
5. Improved Balance - Especially important as we grow older. Strength training builds a strong foundation. Strengthening our legs and core section means an increase in overall balance and coordination.
6. Strength training can reduce your blood pressure. It can also decrease your cholesterol levels. These benefits of strength training for women alone are a great reason to begin your program today. Heart disease is one of the highest (if not the highest) killer of women in America every year.
Plus on top of all those reason, you will look better which in turn makes you feel better :)

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