There is a lot of people that shy away from lifting weights, especially women, because they think it will make them look like a bodybuilder. And I’m here to tell you that lifting weights does not do that.
If you believe that lifting will turn you into a muscle bound monster, you are missing out on all the amazing benefits that weight training has to offer. I’ll go over some of those benefits below.
What Does Weight Training Not Do??
Lifting weights is going to give you the strength you need to be able to do the things you want for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if those movements are in the gym or out of the gym.
Lifting weights will increase bone density and improve cardiac function. This means your bones will get stronger and your heart will get healthier.
Lifting weights will also increase lean muscle mass and decrease fat mass. Now the weight you carry around on your body is healthy and functional.
Lifting Weights = Better Quality of Life
Weight training will not only change your body and the way you feel, but it will improve the lives of those around you as well. Now you can have the strength to pick up your four year old and throw him in the air.
Now you can help your spouse do yard work or go out and do an obstacle course race. You need to have strength to do these things and you can only get that strength by lifting weights.
The cool thing about lifting weights is that you don’t have to do it every day. You also don’t have to make yourself miserable in the gym. The key is to stay consistent and set attainable goals for yourself.
Generally, 3 days of weight training and 2 days of cardiovascular exercise per week is perfect. If you aren’t a big fan of lifting weights yet, then switch it to 2 days of weights and 3 days of cardio.
Training also does not have to be super long. 30-60 Minutes a day is all you need to get on path to creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Social Media is Not Reality
I wish this little mantra would go away and people would stop thinking that if you lift weights, you’re going to get bulky. If this is true then everyone that lifts weights would look like the bodybuilders you see on TV or social media.
This isn’t the case for the general population. A very small percentage of people look like a professional bodybuilder, and they only look like that because they dedicate their lives to it.
You need to realize the main focus of the person who is training? Are they just trying to get likes by posting super edited photos? Maybe they are sponsored and can afford the professional photographers and lighting? Are they a professional athlete?
If you look at the individuals life it can help put things in perspective and limit the comparison that you might be feeling. It is dangerous comparing yourself to someone else, especially the way you look compared to them.
Everybody’s trying to go after some big goal in life. Just make sure you are chasing your goals, not theirs. Stay consistent and be present in your own reality. That is where you will find success and happiness in your weight training journey.
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