There’s a lot of women out there who refuse to do strength training and avoid any muscle building exercises. It’s easy to see why – after all, many feel that a more muscular look is not all that feminine.
But, there are some serious advantages that you will be missing out on. And, just because you work on your muscles, doesn’t mean you will be entering body building competitions anytime soon. Let’s take a close look at why you should always focus on building muscles.
It helps you burn fat
Looking to lose body fat and get a toned figure? Then start focusing on your strength. When you start building muscle, your rate of metabolism increases, meaning you burn calories at a higher rate. If you have stubborn areas of flab that won’t go away, building up your muscles should help you shift them.
It’s perfect for the rest of your body
If you want to boost your body’s health, it’s important to focus on every area. And, building up your muscles can also help strengthen your bones, ligaments and tendons. It’s why when you twist a ligament, a physio will always work with you to build up strength in the surrounding area. The stronger your muscles are, the less chance you will have of picking up a bad injury.
It helps you live longer
There is, perhaps, no more compelling reason than this. The more muscle you have around your skeletal frame, the longer you will live. In fact, according to a study by Tufts University, tissue quality is more important than both cholesterol and blood pressure.
It’s easier than you think
You don’t need much to start building muscle. There are plenty of body weight resistance exercises you can do with zero equipment. Push ups, pull ups, and crunches can all help you start building muscle today. Regarding diet, a bag of protein powder can help you make sure you are getting the right nutrition. Building muscle doesn’t have to be about consuming tonnes of meat every week and buying expensive gear and weights.
It makes your life easier
Struggling to get off the couch in one fluid movement? Many people put this down to old age, but the truth is somewhat different. When you get older, your muscles start to weaken – unless you work on them. Do some strength training, and you’ll soon be leaping off the sofa and out of cars like you were in your twenties again. You’ll also find you can do everything better. Climbing stairs, walking, running – more muscles makes it all easier.
It helps you look fit
If you want to look fit, build muscle – it’s a simple as that. You will have far more confidence in your appearance, and you might even fit into that little dress you’ve been keeping ‘just in case’. Give muscle building a try – you might well surprise yourself.
OK, so there you have it – have we managed to persuade you? Building muscle is perfect for your appearance, your health, and increases your lifespan. What’s not to love about that?
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