Stuck in a rut with your workout routine? If you tend to head straight to the treadmills, think about detouring to free weights instead! Lifting weights can be intimidating at first, but you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll see in your tone, weight and overall health.
Getting That “Toned” Look
Many women don’t realize that the “toned” look is achieved through increasing muscle definition and decreasing fat. Pure cardio will decrease fat, but will do little for increasing muscle. Don’t worry about getting “huge” through strength training; women don’t have the necessary testosterone to build muscles like men!
Weight Loss Goals
That extra muscle you’ll build through strength training will actually help you lose weight! Muscle burns more calories than fat, so you’ll experience an increase in metabolism even when you’re not working out.
Improving Your Health
Weightlifting can increase your bone density, prevent osteoporosis, fight depression, reduce your risk of a heart attack and lower your risk of diabetes in ways cardio alone simply can’t. While we’re not recommending you drop your running habit (cardio has some great benefits as well), you can keep yourself healthy for years to come by combining both cardio and strength training. ~by Kirsten Nielsen