10 reasons why women who lift are sexy

Forget all the stereotypes on how lifting makes women bulky. If you need any convincing on why you should start lifting and be sexy, check out our 10 reasons.

You’ll lose more fat
You’ll lose more fat
02 Dec 2015

You’ll lose more fat

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This should be one of the main reasons why you pick up weights, pronto! The biggest benefit of lifting is that your body is able to burn fat not just during your workout, but long after your weights session. Furthermore, several studies have shown that while steady state cardio burns muscle and fats, weightlifting almost exclusively burns fat.

You’ll burn more calories daily

Don’t you just love the fact that once you start lifting, you’ll be able burn more calories even when you’re resting? Following each lifting session, your body continues to consume extra oxygen in the hours after. By consuming more oxygen, your metabolic rate will be raised and you’ll burn more calories.

You'll improve your heart health
You'll improve your heart health
02 Dec 2015

You'll improve your heart health

Cardiovascular exercise is normally associated with one’s heart health. However, studies have shown that strength training is also beneficial for your heart health. According to a study in Journal of Strength and Conditioning, those who lift are less likely to have heart disease risk factors such as high triglycerides and elevated blood pressure.

Your bones will get stronger

The older you get, the higher your risk of losing both bone and muscle mass, especially if you’re a lady who’s heading into the menopause stage. When your body stops producing estrogen, it leaves you at a greater risk for osteoporosis. The good news is that by lifting weights, you’re able to minimise this risk greatly as your bones are likely to be denser and stronger.
 

You’ll be leaner
You’ll be leaner
02 Dec 2015

You’ll be leaner

By gaining muscles and losing fat, you’re most likely to drop a dress size or two. Reason being fat actually takes up more space than muscle, with a pound of fat estimated to fill up your clothes approximately 18 per cent more than one pound of muscle.

You’ll be mentally stronger

There’s something exceptionally empowering about being able to lift heavy weights that’s able to transcend into other aspects of your life. When you’re able to break personal records in the weight room, it’s likely that you’ll push yourself to give your best beyond the gym confines and to not give up. Furthermore, studies have shown that pumping iron has been known to improve one’s memory and cognitive function.
 

You’ll get those curves
You’ll get those curves
02 Dec 2015

You’ll get those curves

Ladies, if you think lifting is only going to make you bulky, you couldn’t be further from the truth. More often than not, when you starting lifting and building muscle, your body begins to transform into an hourglass shape with some deadly curves!

You’ll have more energy

Instead of reaching for your caffeine fix every morning to get your day started, it might be better if you picked up a dumbbell instead. Research has shown that workers tend to be 15% percent more energetic and productive on days, which they exercised, compared to days when they didn’t.
 

You’ll get better at running and sports
You’ll get better at running and sports
02 Dec 2015

You’ll get better at running and sports

When you lift and your body starts getting stronger, you’ll see improvements in all other aspects of your workout, such as running. Many weightlifting exercises in the gym improve your core, which translates into improved form when running. Plus, imagine how you’ll be able to run much faster or jump that much higher with that added power in your legs!

You'll get the butt you've always wanted

Not everyone is lucky enough to be born with great genes. If you’ve always been jealous of your friend’s great butt, the good news is that you’re actually able to train up for one too! Lose any fears of the weight room and squat rack, and your partner will be extremely grateful in due time.
 

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