WHY WOMEN SHOULD LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS

WHEN YOU UN­DER­STAND THE HEALTH BEN­E­FITS OF HEAVY LIFT­ING, YOU’LL NEVER SKIP THE WEIGHTS SEC­TION AT THE GYM AGAIN.

LOSE IT! - - News - BY NICKY PERKS

It’s great for your bones and ac­cel­er­ates weight loss

Ladies, it’s time to put those 2kg dumb­bells away. They will not help you achieve the lean, toned, ‘fit’ look you’re after. If you want a curvy butt and shapely arms you need to lift and squat with heav­ier weights than that. Bot­tom line (lit­er­ally): if you want to change your body shape you need to step away from the tread­mill or spin bike and pick up a bar­bell in­stead. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll see re­sults!

Many women are afraid they’ll bulk up with weights, but it’s highly un­likely: we just don’t have enough testos­terone for that – it takes tremen­dous time, ef­fort and ex­treme nu­tri­tional in­put for fe­male body­builders to look the way they do. What you will get is mus­cle def­i­ni­tion, and you’ll get stronger, too. Look­ing good naked is awe­some, but be­ing strong feels even bet­ter... be­ing able to do some­thing that seemed im­pos­si­ble a few short weeks ago is a real con­fi­dence booster. Do­ing things for your­self rather than re­ly­ing on others to lift, hold or carry for you is very em­pow­er­ing, too. And, if you’re a run­ner, first strength­en­ing the mus­cles sup­port­ing your joints will help pre­vent in­juries.

Build­ing mus­cle is crit­i­cal to your well­be­ing: did you know that one of the ma­jor causes of lower back pain is weak glutes? And many el­derly peo­ple be­come bedrid­den or strug­gle to get out of a chair sim­ply be­cause their mus­cles have wasted away. If main­tain­ing qual­ity of life for as long as pos­si­ble is your goal, it’s time to start treat­ing your mus­cle mass like the pre­cious thing it is. Look after what you have and do what you can to ac­quire more. Use it – or lose it!

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