The Weight Lifting Myth
Mistakenly, many women believe that if they get involved in weight lifting that they will bulk up. This is completely false. As a matter of fact, weight lifting is the perfect complement to any weight loss regimen.
There are many reasons why weight training is important. First, weight training burns calories during and after the workout. Studies have shown that working out with weights burns more calories longer than cardio workouts. Second, lean muscle, which you are building when doing weight training, increases metabolism by up to 100 calories per pound of muscle. So, if you reduce your fat by 10 pounds, and add 10 pounds of muscle in its place, you are possibly increasing your metabolism by 1,000 calories per day.
While the old saying that muscle weighs more than fat is untrue—a pound is a pound, what is true is that muscle takes up less space than fat. So, you may weigh the same or more, but look smaller. At the end of the day, how your clothes fit means a whole lot more than a number on a scale. I’ve seen several “skinny fat” people, and you certainly don’t want to be that. I’ve also seen people that amaze me by how much they weigh because they look 20+ pounds smaller than that number on the scale.
Weight training also helps women moving into their peri-menopausal/menopausal stages in life by increasing bone density. This is important in protecting women as they age. As we get older, our bodies naturally lose muscle mass. According to a Johns Hopkins study, humans spend approximately 75% of their lives losing muscle mass if they do not do strength training. The results of this loss includes osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases. The key to staying youthful is to maintain or increase muscle mass. If you want to live the best life possible, and to stay independent into your upper years, adopt a program that includes weight lifting now.