You probably already know that Weight Lifting is going to help you build more muscle and bulk up. You know that if you’re consistent, you’re probably also going to get a whole lot stronger. And we are all aware of the benefits of aerobic exercises. These two types of activities are seen as two ends of a spectrum when the reality is that they actually overlap.
What you may not know is that by making Weight Lifting part of your exercise regiment will change your life for the better. Weight Lifting helps you develop an ability to set goals and meet them. Stick with it, and you’ll notice you’re getting better at this in other areas of your life as well.
That being said, it is still a large misconception that women should not lift weights, and many women still spend most of their time in the gym on cardio machines. Women just don’t have the testosterone to build muscle like men. Women have 10 to 30 times less testosterone than men and have a much harder time gaining size from strength training. Instead, women develop muscle definition and strength without the size.
The more your muscle strength improves, the more you’ll notice other things about the way your body performs. It will start improving. For example, you’ll find that your balance is better and that you’re more coordinated as a result. After a while, you’ll also notice that your posture is improving. Not only will you feel better but you’ll look better, as a result.
Your mind will get stronger and tougher.
While it might be easy to assume that weightlifting is just about physical strength, you’d be wrong. Mental toughness also has a lot to do with your success or failure. Lifting weights pushes you to test your limits and to force yourself to go further, not only physically, but mentally as well. A mentally tough person in the gym is a mentally tough person outside of the gym as well.
Weight lifting also boosts the hormone BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) that stimulates neurogenesis, the formation of new brain cells. An intense workout can the size of the hippocampus, That’s your memory center.
Your bone health will improve.
As you age, you naturally lose muscle and bone mass. This is of particular concern for women, whose bones are smaller, to begin with, and can become dangerously weakened by age. Resistance training puts force on the bones, and your body has to adapt to survive. Your body cares about its survival and not what you look like at the beach. As such your bones will become a lot stronger and healthier as well.