If you’re someone who likes to lift weights, we’re probably preaching to the choir. We don’t need to tell you how strength training can make you look and feel amazing.
It’s something that hundreds of our female clients at Iceni Training have experienced first-hand, pushing dumbbells and heaving barbells on their way to their own body transformations.
1. It burns more fat
Weight training burns more calories than steady-state cardio and high-intensity interval training combined (HIIT).
It is true that you will burn fewer calories lifting dumbbells than you will doing two hours on the cross-trainer.
However, after a weight-training session, you will burn more calories for a longer period (your metabolic rate will be higher). Overall, the weights triumph.
2. You can eat more
Muscle is a costly asset to develop and keep in shape. Weight training makes your muscles denser and can make them bigger.
You need to eat a lot of food to build those muscles, and you also need to eat a lot to keep them in shape.
Furthermore, looking at it from the other side, having even a little more muscle means you can handle a lot more calories.
3. Stronger bones
The stress that weight training places on your bones encourage your body to invest in making them stronger and more durable.
This counteracts the tendency for women to lose bone density beginning in their 30s, a process that accelerates after menopause.
Increasing your bone density will protect you from fractures and breaks.
4. Stronger immune system
There is a link between healthy habits that people who lift have, such as better eating habits and better sleep quality. There are also theories linking better circulation, regular temperature increases, and lower stress levels.
5. Stronger mind
Continuous and gradual progress in the gym creates a positive story in your life.
Weight training also necessitates learning that failure is a natural part of progress. The repercussions of both these outcomes are immense.
This type of thing tends to adjust your expectations in other areas of your life, spreading a more positive outlook, and making you more likely to try new things, cope with stress better, and succeed.
6. You’ll age better
All these factors add up to you remaining stronger and healthier for a longer period. Your improved circulation will aid in the maintenance of your skin, nails, and hair.
Being in good shape allows you to wear whatever clothes you want. You'll be less likely to fracture or break something if you fall. You'll be less sick and more independent for longer.