To lift or not to lift …

Posted on January 21, 2012

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… that is the question! 

Make up your own call after reading ten top reasons for and against …

REASONS AGAINST

1. You might break a nail

2. You might bruise a male ego or two

3. You’ll eat properly and still be able to lose fat … sounds like the work of the devil!

4. You’ll look more like an athlete and less like a runway model. Skeletal is super sexy, right?

5. You’ll be able to lift heavy things without asking a man for help, thus upsetting the balance of the universe

6. You will be seen in public without high heels

7. You’ll grunt, sweat and feel sore … how unladylike …

8. You’ll be proud of your J’Lo-esque bootie instead of being self-conscious about it like too many other girls

9. You’ll be more active and confident instead of sitting around looking pretty

10. You’ll be stronger, leaner and sexier … and we all know where that can lead!

REASONS FOR

1. You will lose body fat

Fact. As lean muscle increases, so does your resting metabolism and in turn you burn more calories all day long.

2. You will gain strength without bulk

Fact. Women lack the necessary hormones to bulk up and get big. And let’s face it, most girls carry handbags that weigh more than the weights they are willing to pick up in the gym!

3. You will lessen your chances of heart disease

Fact. Heart disease is the number one killer amongst women. Weight training improves cardio health in several ways by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, increasing HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

4. You will reduce your risk of cancer

Fact. One third of all cancer deaths are related to nutrition and physical activity factors. Strength training increases your body’s overall development and efficiency. Enough said.

5. You will reduce your risk of diabetes

Fact. Weight training improves the way your body processes sugar which may reduce the risk of diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes is a BIG problem globally and particularly here in the Middle East.

6. You will reduce your risk of injury

Fact. Strength training builds stronger muscles as well as stronger connective tissues and joint stability.

7. You will improve your attitude and fight depression

Fact. Women who strength train commonly report feeling more confident and capable as well as more energetic. Sleep patterns improve too.

8. You will be physically stronger

Fact. Increasing your strength will make you far less dependent upon others for assistance in daily living from carrying heavy shopping bags (Dubai Shopping Festival anyone?!) to lifting kids etc.

9. It is never too late to start

Fact. Women at any age can begin strength training … my mum who is sixty (something!) does weights regularly. It’s actually a great thing as you get older as it can combat and even reverse osteoporosis.

10. It will make you long, lean and super sexy

Fact. Nothing does a better job of toning your body and giving you a long, lean and sculpted look

On that note … best I get to my soon-starting Body Pump class at Fitness First DMC.

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