Do you want to look like Paige Hathaway, Michelle Hewin, or any of the other countless female role models rocking it in the fitness industry? Then you better be prepared to challenge yourself and pick up some heavier weights. Strong and powerful IS sexy; so whether you want to be able to carry your groceries without breaking a sweat or you want the "body', getting stronger will help you in more ways than you thought.
1. CUT Your Gym Time
For the ladies that are sick of spending an hour doing a circuit of cardio machines (BYE BYE elliptical), or for the ladies doing countless amount of reps (lets be real, I feel like everyone may be guilty of trying to attempt the daunting 100 squats challenge once or twice). Turn up that Beyoncé and really start focusing on the challenge you will find yourself more exhausted than you have before. Note: You want to adjust your weight slowly and listen to your body, once you become comfortable with your current weight and can perform the given exercise with ease, bump it up!
2. You Can Eat More
Who could ever argue with that? The fact is the more muscle you have means the more fat you burn, and when we are trying to grow that muscle we need to fuel is with a heck of a lot more protein. NO this does not mean free range at Starbucks or that you earned that Margarita Wednesday but Protein Brownies anyone? Stay tuned later this month for a recipe.
3. It Improves Mental Health and Confidence
When used correctly letting your frustrations and worries out in the weight room can be an amazing form of therapy. You will not only see the positive benefits in your body but mind as well. A consistent routine involving weight training has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in numerous studies. My favorite one coming out of Harvard university sates “For many years, experts have known that exercise enhances the action of endorphin's, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphin's improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain. They may also serve to improve mood. Another theory is that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitter nor-epinephrine, which may directly improve mood”. It may not be the one stop fix but a great tool for building healthy habits and providing a release.
What are you waiting for? Whether you are looking to fit a little bit more peanut butter into your diet, or becoming more efficient with your time at the gym or maybe you are looking for a mental boost, find your motivation and start pushing yourself today.
Written by: Auria Geskin