Why Women MUST Do Weight Training!

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Strength Exercises Are Important for Everyone, But Especially for Women!

Cardio, strength training and stretching do very different things for the body, and each is absolutely essential.

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What surprises me is that most people do not realize that from about age 30, we are all losing muscle tissue all over the body, that it’s a natural process of aging, and aerobics or stretching do not restore muscle. Only strength training builds muscle.

Here’s why it’s even more important for women!

13 Reasons Why Women Must do Weight Training

We’re women, we must lose weight, we must be healthy and vibrant and toned and ready for the bikini at the drop of a seasonal change. So, why must we also focus on Weight Training in our workouts? –

1. Lose 40 Percent More Fat

According to one report, Dale Schoeller, a nutrition researcher at the University of Wisconsin at Madison says that exercise, “particularly the iron pumping kind,” can preserve muscle and bone, so that up to 85 percent of what you trim is fat. It is otherwise noted that if you are dieting, weight lifting can help you lose fat instead of muscle and bone. Most people don’t realize it, but when they diet, only about 60-75 percent of the weight they lose is actually fat. So if you shed 20 pounds, five or six of those pounds are from nonfat tissue, including muscle, bone and water leaving your body weaker.

Accordingly, here’s the math: A pound of muscle burns five to ten calories daily, even if you’re lying on the couch. With a moderately strenuous weight lifting regimen, women can gain one to two pounds of muscle after three months.

2. Clothes Will Fit Better

Research shows that between the age of 30 and fifty, you’ll likely lose 10 percent of your body’s total muscle. Worse yet, it’s likely to be replaced by fat over time, says one study. And that increases your waist size, because one pound of fat takes up eighteen percent more space than one pound of muscle…..

University of Pittsburgh researchers studied 169 overweight adults and found that those who didn’t follow a three hours per week training regimen ate more than their allotted 1500 calories per day. The reverse was also true sneaking snacks sabotaged their workouts. The study authors said both diet and exercise likely remind you to stay on track, aiding your weight loss goals.

3. Burn More Calories

Lifting increases the number of calories you burn… because after each strength workout, your muscles need energy to repair their fibers. In fact, researchers found that when people did a total body workout with just three big muscle moves, their metabolisms were raised for 39 hours afterward. They also burned a greater percentage of calories from fat compared with those who didn’t lift.

Click page 2 below for more reasons – if you were surprised by any of the first 3, you’re in for even more of a shock!

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