One of the reasons people like to exercise, such as lift weights, is to tone and define their body. When we reduce our fat mass, our muscle become more defined. This combined with muscle growth will enhance definition.
But what we need to know is that muscles are much more important to our health and wellbeing, other than creating that ‘defined look’.
I know a lot of us find that we have more fat on our bodies than we would like, so what is the point of increasing our muscle mass if you can’t see it. Well! Let me give you a few reasons why you should….
When we increase our muscle mass, we boost our BMR, which means we burn more calories when we are at rest.
Lean muscle mass naturally diminishes as we get older. By increasing or maintaining our muscle mass we support our body and make it stronger, which helps to prevent falls and injury.
This will give you the ability and confidence to perform your everyday activities, along with being active and adventurous for a long time to come.
Our bone density is developed up until the age of 30. When we reach 30, our bone density slowly declines.
Resistance training places a diverse range of loads on our bones through different pushing and pulling actions of our muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.
For those under 30 you are able to increase your bone density, for those over 30 regular resistance training will help you to maintain your bone density.
This is important in the prevention of osteoporosis later in life.
For those people who have not exercised before, check with your doctor before you start, and when you do, start slowly with body weight and then to light weights.
When you have been training for a period of time you start to increase your resistance weight gradually to keep your muscles and bones strengthening.
It is recommended to do 2-3 resistance training sessions a week. Engage the services of a PT or join a class, working with a friend is a good way to get started as well.
WILL LIFTING WEIGHTS MAKE ME BULKY?
Some women worry that lifting weights will make them too muscly – well here are a few reasons why that won’t happen.
Regular consistent training will give you muscle growth that supports YOUR body.