Hello, dear readers!! I hope you all had a great week! This week’s topic will be about weightlifting. I have heard many people who avoid weightlifting in the fear or doing something wrong. Especially women are sometimes reluctant when It comes to weight lifting, because they are afraid that they will get too muscular. When I say this I include myself too. There were many times when I chose cardio over weight training or chose lighter weights, when I could definitely lift more in the fear of getting too bulky.
Personally, I think that the best way to train is to combine cardio with weightlifting. That way you cannot really go wrong. Of course you have to know what you are doing, and if you are a beginner you should make sure that you start with the right weights. If you decide to join a local gym you should try working with some of the trainers that are available, or maybe you have that friend that has more experience and could help you out. It also might motivate you more if you find a partner.
Many people do not know this but weightlifting actually burns fat. According to Boston University when you lift weights you develop type II muscle fibers and they improve the metabolism and therefore help develop a fat free body. Also another benefit of this type of workout, is that it can reduce depression. Last semester I was in full season with the tennis team and with ongoing classes. Sometimes we had four days a week matches all day, which left little time for anything else. As a result, I was very stressed because of school and the matches. However, I developed this habit of going to the gym every morning for at least an hour, and my mood and confidence improved immediately. It felt so good not only because I had that time for myself no matter what, but also because I was automatically developing healthier habits, which improved my mood and gave me energy for the rest of the day.
According to Live Strong some other benefits of weightlifting are:
- Better movement in daily activities
- Lowers risk of diabetes
- Improves heart health
- Prevents back pain
- Improves strength not only physically, but also mentally
As for all of you ladies out there that, just like me thought you will get bulky if you lift too much, you should stop worrying. For you to get bulky means not only lifting a great amount of weights pretty much every day of the week but also following a diet with supplements that helps you build that amount of muscle mass. However, lifting combined with cardio once or twice a week, and eating healthy will actually help you get a lean and toned body.
With that being said, have a great week stay healthy and start lifting!
“Best Beginner Weight-Training Guide with Easy-To-Follow Workout!”. Bodybuilding. July 2016. WEB.
Braverman, J. “13 Benefits of Weightlifting That No One Tells You About”. Livestrong. May 2016. WEB.