Why should you lift weights? Many people, especially women, are hesitant to lift weights. Mainly because they aren't sure where to start or don't even really know why they should lift weights. Bob & Caroline Scott of the Louisville Athletic Club stopped by the studio today to share why everyone should include weights in their fitness routines.
Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
"Women tend to shy away from weightlifting because they fear they will bulk up, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Lifting weights will not only help you lose weight, but will help you maintain the weight loss. Here's why: Muscle keeps your metabolism revved up by burning calories, fat, and glucose (sugar). So basically with more muscle mass on your body, you will burn more calories even when you aren't working out. When you do lose weight, up to 25% of the loss may come from muscle, resulting in a slower metabolism, so weightlifting will help preserve or rebuild any muscle you lose through dieting." - Caroline Scott of the Louisville Athletic Club
Benefits of Weight Training:
- Edge in Cardio & Aerobic Exercise: Muscle helps you with cardio and aerobic exercise. The stronger you are, the better you will be at any aerobic activity. So, for example, a competitive runner or cyclist will have much more of a winning edge if they add weights to their training routine.
- Improved Muscle-to-Fat Ratio: Weight training also greatly improves your body's muscle-to-fat ratio. You end up with less body fat and more muscle which improves both your health and your overall fitness level.
- Toned Physique: Gaining muscle will help give you a more toned appearance.
Make sure however, before you start a new exercise program to always consult with a physician. Once you have been cleared to start it's a good idea to consult with a personal trainer, even if it's just a few sessions.
These tips and more can be found on Caroline's blog, carolinescott.org