Many women think the fastest way to lose weight is cardiovasulcar exercise. So they do aerobics or run 5-6 times a week. Eventually their bodies get smaller but they still feel flabby and weak. Aerobic exercise is great for your health, but it’s only half of the formula for success.
For strength, fat loss and a lean body, resistance training is essential. It is the #1 BEST fat burning method around. It is important to NOT use a scale to measure your progress. You will want to use a tape measure and a body fat tester because inches and percentage of fat loss is WAY more important than pounds lost!
10 Reasons to Lift Weights
- Burn more fat. Studies prove that when you compare women who diet and lift weights compared with women who diet and don’t lift weights, the women who don’t lift weights lose LESS weight and don’t gain any strength. When you do a workout like ChaLEAN Extreme, P90x3, the 21 Day Fix, kettlebells, bodybuilding or crossfit, your metabolism stays elevated and your body continues to burn fat for up to 24 hours after resistance training.
- Change your body shape. Training with weights will slim you down, create new curves, give you a confidence you have never had before, transform your body shape. If you keep your diet clean and create a caloric deficit with the 21 Day Fix diet plan, you will burn TONS of fat!
- Boost your metabolism. As women age, they lose muscle quickly and up to 25% of weight loss could be lost muscle. The more muscle mass you have the higher your metabolism will be to burn calories all day long.
- Be stronger and more confident. Lifting weights will allow you to more easily lift your children, carry in the groceries, and open jars. Your emotional strength will increase and your self-esteem will improve.
- Build strong bones. When you lift weights, you stregnthen your bones and thereby decrease your risk of osteoporosis. Your flexibility, mobility and balance will improve simultaneously.
- Fight depression. Not only do you experience a release of endorphins during cardiovascular exercise, you can also have this same experience as you lift weights.
- Improve fitness. Resistance training will benefit all of your physical activities like bicycling, swimming, golfing or any recreational sport you enjoy.
- Reduce injuries. Lifting weights improves joint stability and builds stronger ligaments and tendons thereby decreasing your risk of injuries in everyday life.
- Improves heart health. Weight lifting increases your good cholesterol and decreases your bad cholesterol. The risk of developing heart disease is decreased by 23% in people who do 30 minutes of weight lifting each week compared to people who don’t according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- Defense against diabetes. Your body’s ability to use glucose will improve with weight training. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 weeks of strength training can improve glucose metabolism at a comparable rate as glucose medication.