By Megan Bullington
Many women work very hard. They eat a healthy diet, run and do cardiovascular exercises. Then, they plateau. The weight loss just stops. They're missing one important component. Muscle.
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There seems to be a common thought among most women - muscle isn't for me! Women are afraid that muscles will make them look like a body builder, but that is not the case! Muscle can actually help you lean down.
These are some of the benefits of building muscle as a woman:
1. When you build muscle, you burn more calories throughout the day. This is not just when you workout, but when you are resting as well!
2. You become less prone to injury. Do you have a weak lower back? Many women do. Weight lifting will strengthen your body.
3. Improved mood. When you exercise, your mood improves. Your body releases endorphins which are your bodies' natural feel good chemical. When your body starts to take a healthier shape, this also improves your self esteem and outlook on life.
4. Building muscle boosts your immune system. If you are someone who catches every cold that comes your way, this may be a good thing to add to your lifestyle!
5. Strengthens your bones. As women, we are warned about the effects of osteoporosis. Lifting weights not only strengthens your muscles, but builds bone mass!
Now that I've provided you with this information, where do you begin. While weight lifting has its many benefits, you do have to learn proper form. If you are just getting started on your weight lifting journey, you may want to check into a couple of different options.
If you want to work out at home, there are many different "at home" workout programs. If you chose to use one of these, make sure they show proper form and breathing techniques in strength exercises. It may be wise to research results online. People are always talking about what has and has not worked for them.
If you chose to work out in the gym, all of the machines can be intimidating. Don't let your pride get in the way! It's not worth it! Ask a trainer how to use the machines. That is what they are there for. If you know someone who is experienced in weight training, ask them if you can follow them around the gym.
Start out small. Adding strength training just a couple of days a week can make a big difference over a few months.