If you want to sculpt your body and lose weight, let me introduce you to free weights! If you have been using cardio for fat loss, but not achieved the results you desire, including some resistance exercise in your workouts (lifting weights or even your own bodyweight against gravity) can help enormously. There are many reasons why is it beneficial for women to lift weights:
- Metabolism: the more muscle a woman has, the more calories she will burn at rest. Muscle speeds up your metabolism, resulting in more effective fat loss. You will be burning calories long after you have finished your workout!
- Bone health: strength training can increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis. Women are particularly prone to developing osteoporosis, especially after menopause when oestrogen levels drop significantly. It is never too late to start, even if you are already post-menopause.
- Independence: a strong body will enable you to carry heavy suitcases, move furniture, lift your children, put that double buggy in to the boot without having to ask for help or straining your back!
- Boost your mood, self-esteem and confidence: weight lifting can be very empowering and you’ll find your self-confidence grows as you achieve things that you never thought were possible.
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