Strong is the New $exy: Benefits of Pumping Iron

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downloadBy: Krystle Crossman

Women tend to skip weight lifting because they are afraid that they are going to become too bulky or feel that they don’t need to lift if they are doing a lot of cardio. The truth is that lifting weights is really good for you and here are four reasons why:

1. When you lift weights you will get a clear head. A study in 2010 showed that people who followed a strict routine had improved self-esteem, memory, and quality of sleep.

2. When your hormones are out of balance you can tell. You are moody, stressed, and most likely have some undesirable symptoms like acne and your hair falling out. This is one of the benefits of lifting weights. Your hormones become balanced. Long-term weight lifting helps balance your hormones, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and also lower your risk for diabetes. Heavy lifting can help you to lift energy levels, balance hunger, and curb your cravings.

3. Your immune system depends on you being in shape. When you lift weights you give your immune system a huge boost wich helps you to ward off colds and viruses with ease. This happens because when you are exercising your white blood cell count goes up. White blood cells are your first line of defense when fighting off an infection.

4. You will age more gracefully if you stick to a regular weight lifting routine. Your body naturally releases human growth hormone when you lift which helps you to increase your fat metabolism, produce a better turnover for bone and muscle production, and will provide you with a healthier body down the road.

With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you want to start lifting?

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