There are many women who shy away from weightlifting. Time to ‘fess up…are you one of them?

Whether its due to the old myth that weight training bulks women up (false), or because they don’t feel comfortable in the weight room, some women skip the barbells and we think that’s a darn shame. We want to challenge all the weight room avoiders out there to reconsider your stance and give it a try.

We’ve got Five Great Reasons Women Should Weight Train to help change your mind.

#1 Burn More Calories:

This may be the only reason you need to start lifting, which is why we made it #1. If you want to increase your fat loss, weight training is the way to go.

A study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the Journal of Obesity indicates that strength training is more effective at helping people lose belly fat than cardio.

And if that weren’t reason enough, the more muscle you build, the higher your resting metabolic rate, meaning you will burn more calories just doing things like living and breathing. Boom! Mic drop.

#2 Ease Joint Pain:

Strength training with proper form will help resolve joint issues. Stronger muscles better hold your joints in position so you are less likely to get injured or experience flare ups during other activities.

#3 Healthy Bones:

There are many studies that have shown lifting weights on a regular basis can increase bone density – a good thing, particularly as we age.

It works like this…when you perform a bicep curl, for example, your muscle tugs on your arm’s bones. The cells within your bones react by creating new bone cells and your bones become stronger as a result. How cool is that?

 

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#4 Have More Energy:

Want to be peppy and raring to go in the morning? Rather than reaching for a cup of coffee, try reaching for a dumbbell.

After a heavy round of weight training you continue to consume additional oxygen (this process is known as EPOC, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). Consistent weight training leads to continued EPOC which results in more energy for you. Get it girl!

#5 Feel Like A Superhero:

Being strong makes life easier. Need to carry some heavy grocery bags upstairs? No problem!  Want to carry a toddler and a stuffed diaper bag around at the same time? Done!

Knowing you can accomplish some pretty impressive feats of strength is the ultimate confidence boost. This is why lifting weights is so empowering. Who wouldn’t want to feel that way?!?

Are you ready to hit the weight room now? Good!

If you’re a newbie when it comes to weight training, you want to be sure your form is correct to avoid injury. Try watching a pro, like Jillian Michaels on the My Fitness App. She shows you the proper way to work each muscle group for maximum efficiency, in the least amount of time.

To all the veteran lifters out there, how did you get started? Got any tips for our weight training newbies? Share your experiences in our Health Community.