12 Benefits For Women Who Lift Weights

You'll Lose More Weight

You'll Lose More Weight

Actually, that should probably read "You'll lose more fat".

Studies have shown that people who combine weights with cardio and a healthy diet will lose about as much weight as someone who just does cardio and a healthy diet.... However, when you consider the moderate amount of muscle you'll put on by using muscles you've been letting waste away, that means you'll shed a greater amount of fat, right?

Right.

Your Clothes Will Fit Better

Your Clothes Will Fit Better

This one is quite simple. Although muscle might be a little more dense than fat and weigh a little more, it actually takes up less space than fat. What that means is that you'll look better, even with clothes on.



You'll Chew Through More Calories

You'll Chew Through More Calories

By engaging in lifting weights, your body uses its big muscles, which in turn, kick-starts your calories burn. After each session, your body will need to use energy to get on with repairing the muscle fibers, and so keeps chewing through calories long after you've left the gym and parked your ass on the couch.

You'll Eat Better

You'll Eat Better

Research has found that by sticking to a routine which involves lifting weights, it also helps you avoid foods that you know are no good for you. It's because you don't want to null and void all the hard work you've done.



You'll Get Better At Handling Stress

You'll Get Better At Handling Stress

Studies have shown a direct correlation between those who do weights and an ability for the body's blood pressure to return to normal more quickly.

Also, the plan old fact of the matter is that if you're fitter, you'll deal with stress better than if you aren't. Simple.

You'll Be Happier

You'll Be Happier

Whether it's simply that things don't get to you as much as we just mentioned in relation to the point about stress, or maybe that you like what you see when you look in the mirror, you will certainly find yourself enjoying life more generally, in the hours you aren't at the gym.

There are many of us who don't lift weights to look in the mirror for reasons of vanity. Many do it simply because it helps them sleep. Yoga isn't your only option when you're chasing zen.



Better Bones

Better Bones

The older you get, the more your bones deteriorate and have a chance of fracturing. The good news is that, by lifting weights, you're helping your bones live longer. Studies have proven a link between training and bone density.

You'll Get Fit Quicker

You'll Get Fit Quicker

If you're looking to get fit for whatever reason, adding weight training to your life will help you get there faster for the reasons we've mentioned, plus a whole bunch of others.



You'll Have A Happy Healthy Heart

You'll Have A Happy Healthy Heart

....And so, you're less likely to suffer at the hands of the absolute number one killer on Earth; heart disease.

You'll Be More Productive

You'll Be More Productive

Research has found a definite link between those who train and productivity in the work place or with studies. You'll be able to focus more easily and get ticking boxes rather than spending your time concerned about which boxes to tick off first.



You'll Have A Longer Life

You'll Have A Longer Life

Because having a strong body means you're less likely to have health issues like heart disease (that we already mentioned) and cancer, you'll give yourself the best chance to live a long and happy life.

You'll Be Smarter

You'll Be Smarter

Having a strong body also results in a strong mind - and not just because it sounds cool and rolls off the tongue...

Researchers in Brazil have found that there is indeed a direct correlation between training and the mind - with improved memory, attention span, reasoning, and all 'round cognitive function improvements as a result of lifting.