If you haven’t read the first part in this blog series, be sure to hop back and read it here!
In the first part of this series, we discussed four reasons why women should lift heavy, including:
- It Burns More Calories
- It Burns Fat
- It Changes Your Body Composition
- It Gives You Confidence
We think those four reasons alone are pretty convincing, but if you need even more knowledge to boost your motivation to get started, we’ve got ’em for you here.
Reason #5: It’s a Fountain of Youth
Age-related muscle loss is, unfortunately, just part of getting older. In fact, after age 30, we can lose between three to five perfect of lean muscle mass per decade. Losing muscle mass can mean weakness and loss of mobility, which may increase the risk of things like falls and fractures.
Putting on strength and muscle mass earlier on in life AND continuing a routine of strength training throughout life can help prevent and lessen the muscle loss that we experience as we age.
Reason #6: It’s Great for Your Bones
Plus, related to the above reason, lifting is also great for your bones. Research from 2017 found that women with osteoporosis (a major public health threat for Americans who are 50+) improved their bone density over a period of eight months with high-intensity weight training.
To reap this benefits of this reason and the above one, you don’t even have to be a powerlifter or fitness model. Research shows that weight training just three times per week can positively impact your bone density. These two reasons should be great motivators to get you lifting for a healthier life… long-term!
Reason #7: It Naturally Produces Growth Hormone
The female body relies on growth hormone for change. Natural growth hormone plays a big role in both muscle and bone development. It also improves metabolic function and staves off tissue breakdown. In short, growth hormone is good and lifting promotes more growth hormone release in women.
While there are more reasons we could mention, we hope these seven get you thinking about how impactful lifting heavy could be for you. Now, before we sign off, we feel like it’s imperative to clarify a common misconception about what lifting heavy will or won’t do…
Lifting Heavy WON’T Make You Bulky
Contrary to something you’ve likely heard in your lifetime, lifting heavy will not make you huge, unless you decide to drastically supplement your testosterone beyond normal levels. Of course, we all have different muscle genetics, so how our muscles appear will be different… but you will not accidentally become the next Ms. Olympia without some serious anabolic assistance.