No, lifting weights will not make you bulky. It will not make you manly. But it WILL make you more confident, more empowered and improve your overall health and wellbeing. There are so many benefits of strength training and I’m yet to find any negatives. No matter your age, schedule, gender, or lifestyle you CAN start strength training and begin to reap the benefits.
If you only have time for a 20-minute session, that’s fine! There’s no need to spend hours in the gym or hundreds of pounds on equipment or supplements! It really can be for anyone and everyone. So, here I will share with you the benefits of strength training and why you NEED to start!
5 Benefits of Strength Training:
Since starting strength training, my mental health has become so much better. I have improved the relationship I have with myself as well as my mind set around exercise and nutrition. Previously, I was trapped in a cycle of fad diets, binge eating as well as under eating and restriction. I would also spend hours running or doing cardio to ‘burn off’ everything I ate. It was NOT healthy, sustainable nor did it at all give me the physique I wanted.
However, since starting strength training I have gained a whole new mind set. I found gaining strength and feeling strong so empowering as a woman. Instead of wanting to get smaller, I am now wanting to get stronger! Therefore, I have lost all diet/restriction mentality and now EAT to FUEL my training and body. It is such a refreshing mind set to have and I honestly don’t think I would have healed my relationship with myself and food without strength training.
Look Good Naked
One of the more common reasons women start training, is to change their body composition. Yes, strength training means you can build sexy curves while maintaining a small waist. This is because you can build and grow muscle to create the curves then work on loosing body fat.
Your body also reacts differently to strength training than it does any other exercise. This means that when you finish a workout, your body will continue burning calories as it is working on repairing and replenishing itself. It can also speed up your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), which means you’ll burn more calories at rest than you would have previously. This is because your body works harder at maintaining muscle than fat! Who doesn’t want to be able to eat more and not get fat?!
Make you Healthier
Strength training has so many health benefits without even realising. It increases your bone density, builds a stronger heart, reduces blood pressure, improves blood flow, improves cholesterol levels and controls your blood sugar.
Not only will it do all of that without you even realising, you’ll also be preventing yourself from diseases and degenerative conditions. Strength training will help reduce your chances of getting heart disease because automatically it will reduce your cholesterol, blood pressure and get you moving! Obesity and Diabetes are also big causes of heart disease and these will also be corrected because strength training will help control your blood sugar and help you lose weight!
There is also evidence to suggest that strength training can reduce your risk of colon and breast cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease and clinical depression.
Not only will your internal organs be thanking you but so will you WHOLE body! Strength training releases Endorphins in the body which is known as ‘Happy Hormones’. They work to relieve stress and give you an uplifting sensation. This is often why people claim to feel so much better after a good workout!
You’ll also be able to move more because you’ll find that you will have much more energy. Daily tasks will also become so much easier because your fitter and stronger! Carrying the shopping, walking the dog or playing at the park with your kids. It all becomes easier and more enjoyable because we feel better, have more energy and are so much stronger!
Most importantly, do it because you enjoy it. Believe it or not, it can be fun! I used to drag myself to the gym to sit on an exercise bike for an hour then go home and make ZERO progress. Now, I’ll spend 45 minutes lifting some weights, feeling empowered, strong and sexy and REAP the benefits. Seeing this quick and easy progression is why I love it so much. Your body will adapt, you’ll notice the differences and have fun in the process!
Why Wait – Start Today!
If getting fit, healthy, strong and SEXY isn’t a good enough reason, then it’s probably not for you. All I know is, it has changed my life. I have found my passion, my sport and my DRIVE to succeed. Not to mention, I have also made some great friends in the process too.
So, ditch the excuses, get to the gym, lift some weights and begin to see the changes both physical and mental. Plus, you might as well take advantage of all your NEWBIE GAINS while you can!
If you really want to begin strength training but feel intimidated or lack confidence you can read my top tips here. Alternatively, if you’d like some extra advice and guidance you can email me at Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a message on Instagram or Facebook.