It's no secret that I'm a HUGE believer in the idea that reaching one's health and fitness goals comes down to having healthy nutrition habits. However, this doesn't mean that you can just forget about exercise and sit on the couch all day...(don't we all wish?!).
long with solid nutritional habits, exercise plays a critical role in losing weight, gaining lean muscle mass, and becoming stronger.
Often times, the only experience with exercise that my clients have before working together is as a "cardio queen." I'm talking about women who spend hours and hours on the treadmill or the elliptical. Does it sound familiar?
While cardio is important, strength training has many more benefits that can help you get to your goals quickly and safely. Check out these 5 benefits strength training, especially for women:
1. Weight training burns more calories than cardio.
Overall, weight training burns more calories than steady state cardio. While you're lifting weights, you'll burn fewer calories. However, after your weight session, your metabolic rate will be higher, and you'll be burning more calories for a longer period of time!
2. You can eat more food!
It's simple; muscle requires more fuel to maintain than fat does. The more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you need to eat to keep your body properly functioning. Especially if you're hoping to gain lean muscle mass (hello six pack!), you must add protein-packed foods to your diet!
3. Your bones will be stronger.
Weight training add stress to your bones. As a result, your bones become stronger and more sturdy. This helps to prevent the loss of bone density, which can begin when women hit their mid-30s. Strengthening your bones can help protect you from fractures and breaks in the future.
4. Weight training boosts your immune system.
Studies suggest that moderate weight lifting reduces stress levels. This allows for the production of more white blood cells within your body, which helps to fight off infection and disease.
5. Your body will age better.
All of these benefits add up to a stronger and healthier life for you to live longer. Improved circulation from weight training helps to keep your hair, nails, and skin in great condition. Gaining lean muscle mass and burning more fat will enable you to wear the clothes you love. You will have better balance with a decreased chance of falling. If you do happen to fall, your chances of fracturing and breaking a bone are lowered.
While cardio is important to add to your exercise routine, The benefits of weight training surpass those of cardio when it comes to gaining muscle and losing weight. If you're looking for a beginner strength workout, grab a set of weights and click here for a free leg workout!