From Flab To Fab With Strength Training
For the longest time I steered away from using weights because I was afraid of getting bulky. Boy was I wrong. It is a common misconception, especially among women that weights will make you bulk up. That is the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, proper strength training can transform flabby muscles and unwanted fat into lean muscles without the bulk.
It is a known fact that when you add some strength training to your workout routine you will develop lean muscle while improving their strength. It also helps you to burn fat faster, which means you will lose weight faster. Who doesn’t love that?
Ladies, don’t be afraid to use weights. We don’t have the same level of testosterone that men do, so no need to fear bulkiness. Strenth training is important because it improves the way our bodies work and increases our body’s resistance to injury. So, not only will you burn more calories, there’s less likelihood of you straining or hurting yourself when working out. You will be increasing your muscle strength.
It’s not difficult to tone up problem areas in your body. Just by including a few strength training exercises in your routine for ten minutes a day, 3 times a week you will begin to see things tighten up.
Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you get started:
- Start out with a low amount of weight. Make sure that you increase the weights gradually and that you do so under the instruction of a trainer.
- Make sure that you lift enough weight to fatigue the muscle.
- You need to increase the weight if you aren’t feeling fatigue.
- When you begin, make sure that you perform the exercises slowly. Protect your back by tightening your core when you exercise.
- It’s important to perform every repetition properly and maintain tension on the muscles. Don’t just go through the motions!
Go for strength training exercises that give you a full body workout. Exercises like presses, rows, and squats work entire muscle groups and will help you burn fat and build muscle faster. Alot of women think strenth training is weight lifting. It’s not. In strenth training you use lighter weights or resistance and focus on repetitions instead of using heavy weights to build large muscles.
Many people don’t include strength training in their workout routine because of the inconvenience of having to join a gym and pay membership fees. However, you can achieve the same results by following an at home program under the guidance of a professional trainer. For more information click here.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?