Many women struggle to feel good about their body, no matter their size or weight. When these feeling occur, they can become “cardio obsessed” and feel the need to spend any time they do have for exercise on cardio, cardio, and more cardio.
According to Dr. Michael Roizen of Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and author of You on a Diet, “we lose an average of 5 percent of our muscle mass every 10 years after the age of 35—if we don’t do anything about it.” That is frightening since 35 is NOT old. With a loss of muscle mass, our metabolism decreases which means we do not burn as many calories, as we once did, when exercising and at rest.
So what is one answer?
Lift weights and don’t be afraid. To build muscle, you have to wear it down. Unfortunately, that does not happen by doing 100 reps with a 3-pound weight. You have to be working at a load that is challenging to you. There is no need to be afraid, because the good Lord knew what he was doing when he made a woman. He did not create us to become the incredible “Hulkett”. It is not going to happen. If you are struggling to feel good about your body or you have hit a plateau, incorporate at least one day of strength training into your routine. If you are in that “cardio obsessed” mindset and still wondering if regular strength training is right for you, here are just a few benefits for a busy woman:
- It does not take much equipment
- A good intense work out can be done in 30 minutes or less
- It increases your metabolism so that you burn more calories at rest which means it can help you consistently manage your weight
- It builds your self esteem and confidence in the way you feel about your body
- It empowers you to get through your busy day
As with any exercise, remember the key to results is consistency. Find a strength training program that you can stick with for your busy lifestyle. From someone who was cardio obsessed and only picked up a weight when I had an extra 10 minutes, I have come to value the benefits of regular strength training, especially the benefit of having a workout that fits into my schedule.