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But tell me, have you ever noticed the division at a gym? Do you see a lot of women working out? Probably the answer is yes. Do you see a lot of women lifting? Maybe few to none, right? Then where are all the women? I bet, most women are on the treadmill, or elliptical or doing some kind of cardiovascular workout. It’s not wrong. But it is a pity that we neglect pumping iron.
I’ve been hearing all my life that I would bulk if I lifted weights, and as a girl, it is the last thing I wanted. And I soon found out I was not the only one caught in this misconception.
Most of the women still believe that if they lift heavy, they will bulk up, get wider shoulder and get muscles, like a man. Well, you are not! We don’t have that much testosterone to make that happen and without supplements there is no way you are ever going to become ‘bodybuilder’ no matter how much you lift.
But weight! What’s the point of lifting then?
One of its many attributions is that it burns fat several hours afterwards. Your metabolism stays elevated and that doesn’t happen with cardio where you stop burning fat soon after. Therefore you are more likely to burn fat faster, lose pounds and drop sizes than getting on the good old elliptical for an hour and just waste your time.
The advantages of lifting are endless because it benefits your health in every possible way. It makes you look and feel younger, you are stronger and less prone to injuries because your bones are getting stronger in order to support the muscle. You will get stronger and you will notice substantial improvement in all physical activities.
Weight, weight…there’s more!
Pumping iron pumps your heart too. Did you know that? It can help lower your blood pressure and increase your “good” cholesterol, and according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who do 30 minutes of lifting each week have 23 percent reduced risk of developing heart disease.
And no, I am not saying you shouldn’t do cardio. Of course you should, cardio has other benefits, but cardio alone will not get you lean and toned. Isn’t that what every woman wants, a toned body, tighter skin and no cellulites?
That’s right! So, what are you weighting for? An ideal workout schedule should have three days of strength, two days of cardio and one day of stretching, yoga or something along those lines.
We need to work on our whole body, not just parts of it. So yes, when you combine strength training, cardiovascular workouts and flexibility or stretch exercises, bam! you have the magical combination for a perfect workout routine that will lead you to greater results than doing only one.