For so many years now women have been trying to overcome certain stigmas throughout the fitness industry. I feel that certain elements of health and fitness have become conceptualized as being for men only. Or that doing certain exercises, eating certain ways, or taking certain supplements will make a female look masculine.
I have been told several times by friends and family that they only lift light weights, or only do cardio, or won’t take supplements because they just want to tone not become too muscular. I want to give you ladies some perspective and insight into how beneficial these things can be and hopefully bust some of the “too manly” myths.
Lifting heavy weights is one of the “just for men” concepts I feel women stray away from for many reasons. Lifting weights can be a daunting task in itself, but there are many benefits to lifting heavier vs lifting lighter weights and you can do this without turning into a man!
Women are more prone than men to develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where our bones weaken with age. Different factors such as age, ethnicity, and genetics all play a roll in whether you develop osteoporosis or not. Lifting heavier weights increases your bone mass density, decreasing the effects of osteoporosis or delaying the condition itself. Increased bone mass also means less likelihood of fractures! So drink your milk and pick up the bigger weights!
The goals of every woman is to look amazing and not feel ashamed for eating a piece of cake at a birthday party! Lifting heavier weights can help make this possible. While lifting lighter weights is still beneficial, lifting heavier just gives you an extra room for a few extra calories.
Lifting heavier weights uses different muscle fibers than lifting lighter weights. The fibers heavier weights use burn more calories while you are doing the exercise and continue to burn fat for much longer after you finish.
Lifting heavier weights not only helps to burn the fat while working out but it increases your muscle mass much faster than lighter weights. This is how it speeds your metabolism. The more lean muscle your body has the faster it burns those dreaded cake calories.
Toning is the term women use to say they want to lose fat in an area and have a firmer appearance without becoming too muscular. In a sense, it’s the more feminine term for bulking up. Lifting heavier weights is a faster way to become toned! Lifting heavier weight releases more muscle growth hormones, in women this translates into more muscle definition, or “toned muscles”! Women don’t produce the same amount of testosterone as men so this stops us from becoming bulky!
Lifting heavier weights can be very beneficial and can be done without the fear of turning into SheHulk. Now don’t go straight for the 45 lb dumbells or anything, work your way up. Put down the 5 lbs and move up to the 15 lb or 20 lb for starters. Watch your form and ask a trainer if you need help. Don’t risk your safety!!
Leave some comments and let me know how you feel about the article or other topics you find are “just for men”! Feel free to email me as well if you want more in depth info!!!
Guest Author Bio:
Hi! I’m Kayla! I have been on a roller coaster of fitness journeys over the last few years! From having to gain weight to join the Army, to working out in the desert of Iraq and Kuwait, to pregnancy and postpartum fitness! I have gained a ton of knowledge and I can’t wait to share it all with you!