4 Reasons to Add Weights to Your Workout

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Adding weights to a workout can help you to multiply your gains. Many women are hesitant to add weights to a workout out of a misguided fear that they will bulk up and look masculine. In reality, most women can only gain an amount of muscle that would be considered too much if they have excessive quantities of testosterone in their system or if they take steroids or hormones. On the other hand, working out with weights can yield the following benefits:

  1. Burning Calories More Efficiently

A very high intensity weight lifting session can burn up to 500 calories in an hour. Weight lifting also speeds up the BMR, which allows you to continue to burn calories more efficiently long after the workout ends. The more intense the workout, the higher the quantity of calories burned both during and after the workout.

  1. Building Muscle and Burning Fat

Higher intensity weight training workouts stimulate fat breakdown and boost the metabolism. Over time, muscle also builds, adding tone and definition to the body. This helps with the esthetic appeal that most people are looking to gain from working out regularly.

  1. Improving Posture

A stronger back and core can help to improve the posture. Good posture can reduce back pain and preserve spine health. Good posture can also improve your appearance and make you look more confident.

  1. Strengthening Bones

Lifting weights regularly helps to strengthen the bones as well as the muscles. Bones become denser as a result of lifting weights, which can help to prevent osteoporosis, fractures, and other bone injuries and ailments. This is especially important for women, who can lose up to 20% of bone mass following menopause.

 

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