Why Strong Is the New Sexy
Here are three important reasons for you to pick up some weights and make yourself stronger. It’s a fact: strong is in. A toned, muscular and functional body has become the new sexy for both men and women. The following are important reasons why you should add weight and strength training to your regular fitness routine.
Three Reasons to Get Stronger Now!
Burn More Calories
By lifting weights and becoming strong, you’ll change every aspect of your body. People with increased muscle mass burn more calories at rest than those without. It takes more energy for your body to sustain lean muscle and, therefore, your resting metabolic rate may increase as a result of lifting weights.
Improved Bone Density
Weight-bearing exercise is very beneficial for bone health in people of all ages.
The aging process is linked to a decrease in bone density and a greater risk of fractures. So, consider how you can add weights to your workout, because your bones rely on resistance training to stay healthy and strong.
If your body gets used to lifting weights, imagine how much easier just lifting your own body weight will be. Improved strength means that your daily activities will become easier, and if you’re training for a sport, an increase in muscular strength can significantly improve your performance.
Becoming stronger has so many benefits, and you don’t need to be worried about looking like an out-of-proportion body builder. Unless you’re dedicating hundreds of hours to lifting heavy weights and following a very specific body-building nutrition plan, the chances of you getting bulky are slim. Adding weight training to your routine two to three times a week and eating a protein-rich diet will have you well on your way toward achieving a healthy muscular physique. Also, don’t be afraid to lift heavy weights. But do make sure that you start out with manageable, lighter weights so that you can focus on technique for 12-15 reps and slowly work your way up to heavier weights. As you increase the weight you’re using, decrease to 8-10 reps.
Your body will start adapting to weight training right away, so get started today.
Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness, Herbalife Nutrition.