There are many benefits to weightlifting; it's good for your heart health, can lower cholesterol, helps with posture, and strengthen bones, just to name a few!
According to verywellfit, the average woman who strength trains two to three times a week for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle and will lose 3.5 pounds of fat. As your lean muscle increases, so does your resting metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the day. If you're worried about bulking up, don't be. Women generally do not bulk up the same way men do, as studies have shown women tend to naturally have less muscle than men due to lower levels of testosterone.
Strength training also improves overall athletic ability. When you weight lift, it increases muscle strength which makes normal everyday tasks just a little bit easier. For example, runners who also work on muscle strength can prevent knee injuries. The stronger muscles supporting the knee joint promote good form and prevent pain and injury.
Lifting also strengthens bones. When you do a strength training exercise like a squat, the muscle that is contracting and extending pulls on the bones in the leg. This, in turn, causes the bone to make new cells. With consistent lifting and strength training, bone loss can be prevented or even reversed. Women in particular can be susceptible to bone loss and osteoporosis, so weight training can help prevent breaks and fractures later in life.
If you're on a budget or don't feel quite comfortable hitting the gym just yet, you can absolutely formulate a strength training routine at home just using your body weight. Exercises such as pushups, squats, sit ups, and planks, can all be done in the comfort of your own home. Women's Health has excellent strength training workouts you can try here, and here.
5 Strength Training Tips for Beginners from Women's Health
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