Should I be lifting heavy weights??!!
"Does lifting heavy weights make me bulky??" This is a common question I get from women who are wanting to lose weight, tone up and feel great again. The answer is NO! It won't make you bulky, it will make you leaner, stronger and feel amazing.
Weight training is the absolute key to longevity. After the age of 40 you muscles actually start to deteriorate which in turn impacts your metabolism and mineral bone density. A lot of women who start exercising after the age of 40 just want to walk on a treadmill or do endless amounts of cardio to try and lose body fat. This is not going to give you the weight loss results you want however. Strength training is important for weight loss because muscle helps you burn more calories. The more muscle you have the better your metabolism will work, and the more calories you will burn while at rest!
Start now and continue to for the rest of your life to strength train, and you only need to be doing it at least once per week for it to have an effect on your body. Strength training performed correctly and with smart programming will increase your metabolic rate, bone density, decrease body fat, decrease your rate of having osteoporosis and arthritis and improve your quality of life.
It's important for you to start making the good habits now so that when you get to your 40's you won't have as many issues with your body as it unfortunately starts to get older (and yes it does happen!). Start incorporating a strength training session or two into your exercise routine, if you're doing it right I can guarantee you will see great results!
If you would like help with your training then take advantage of my online personal training packages! This online system is amazing for holding you accountable and ensuring you are educated with the correct technique when working out in the gym or at home.