5 Reasons Why You Should Start Lifting

You have started your fitness journey, you've tried every cardio/circuit training guide out there and still feel like you haven't seen enough results or maybe you are bored and ready to try something new, but not sure quite yet? and maybe the weight room just look too intimidating and full with big dudes that stair at themselves at the gym mirrors. 

Whatever it is, I am sure you have think of weight training/lifting. If you have wondered why you should, and hasn't decided yet if you will do it or not. Here are five reasons why you should lift! Plus, real women tell you how they feel right after their sessions.

1. You will boost your metabolism. 

As we old, women's metabolism will slow down. which means you could start building a spare tire by the time you reach your 30s. “When you do weight-bearing exercises, you start revving up your metabolism—and it keeps burning for many hours after your workout,” says Wayne Westcott, PhD, director of fitness research at Quincy College - So even if your lifting session didn't make you break a sweat, you will still burning calories during the day.

2. More effective fat loss

Although many people consider weightlifting only a means to add size, when contrasted head-to-head against cardiovascular exercise, resistance training comes out on top in the battle to burn calories. The huge advantage to weight training is your body's ability to burn fat during and after exercise.

After a heavy bought of strength training, you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours and even days that follow. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. When your body uses more oxygen, it requires more caloric expenditure and an increased metabolic rate.

3. Stronger bones

As you age, you are at risk of losing both bone and muscle mass. Postmenopausal women are at a greater risk for osteoporosis because the body no longer secretes estrogen. Resistance training is an excellent way to combat loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.

4. Shape your body.

As you build muscle, your body begins to take a nice hourglass shape. Though endurance exercise can help you lose weight, that weight comes in the form of both fat and muscle tissue. 

And no, you won't get bulky. Bulking takes time, a lot of effort and most likely a very detailed training. If you add some dumbbells to your daily routine, believe me, you won't get bulky. 

5. Healthy heart

Pumping iron can reduce your risk of heart disease and was approved as a healthy form of exercise for those at risk from the American Heart Association. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that those who lift weights are less likely have heart disease risk factors such as a large waist circumference, high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, and elevated glucose levels.

Not convinced yet? 

Here what badass babes are saying about how they feel after lifting!

  • "Shaky, exhausted...and completely empowered 💪" - Ashley Carol from @bonafidefit
  • "I feel like a badass!" Hillary Bautch 
  • "1). Strong
    2). Empowered
    3). Capable
    4). Fit"
    5). Badass" - Dana Harrison from @eats2know   
  • "I lift for many reasons. First and foremost, exercise is my outlet, my let go, my stress reliever, and my me time. While running is great because you can see yourself getting faster, lifting is great because you also get to see your body change. You see your hard work pay off with muscle definition. You feel SO empowered when you pick up a heavier weight.
    When I'm done, I feel empowered. Strong. And at the end of most workouts, kind of dead, because I know I left my all in the gym.
    And when school is tough, it's nice to know there is something I'm putting my all into and seeing results." Priya from @finding.myfitt  
  • "Weightlifting makes me feel powerful, empowered, and like a badass goddess. Like I can do anything. It's incredible to see your body get stronger and do things they couldn't do before." Leah Moldovan from @lovemefeedme
  • "Weightlifting makes me feel strong, empowered and unstoppable. I get a surge of energy, pride and confidence after a lifting session!" Carrie McMahon
  • "Strong, bold, engaged, motivated :)" Oksana Mosoco
  • "Empowered. Strong. Confident. Driven" Malina from @bbg.mal.32 
  • "fierce, strong, confident, motivated, hot ;)" -Ola
  • " I feel motivated, confident, brave, proud of myself and happy to be in my own skin!" - Taylor from @healthiertravels 
  • "Impressive, strong, powerful" Katelyn