There is a MYTH out there (rightly so…I do get it) that we only lose weight by doing cardio training…WRONG!!! Cardio has its place, that much is true!! But we need to be smart about it! We don’t want to just get “skinny”, we want to get “FIT”!! That takes sculpting our bodies and we do that by lifting weights!!
OK ladies…I can hear you all the way from here!! “Lifting weights will make me bulky!” This one is difficult for me to show you! I can only give you 2-D pictures!! I am a natural athlete – meaning, I don’t take male hormones and I don’t block female ones. I like being a girl!!! I just happen to like loads of curvy, sexy lean muscle right along with that! I’ve been lifting on and off most of my life…even as a middle school/high school athlete (which is rare when I was young – I’m 42!) All this time, I’ve never been huge, or bulky! I’m not now!! I’m the most muscular that I have ever been and…I’m STILL not bulky! I wear my size 2 dress slacks and they hang on me!! Any of you ladies who won’t lift…for the record, sz 2 is not big!! lol Glad we could clear that up!! 🙂
Lifting weights does a few things for our bodies.
- Lifting gives us a much higher burning calories rate!! This is called our BMR or Basic Metabolic Rate. Bottom line: Burn calories even while you sleep at a higher rate!
- Firm, tight muscles. No more jiggle!
- More energy. No more tired yawning all the time feeling!
- Increase in strength
- Decrease in Body Fat %
So go ahead….slow down on the cardio and go ahead and LIFT!! Lifting is good for sculpting our bodies and giving us lean, tight, firm bodies that are sexy and full of energy! So Lift and lift heavy! Make it count by using those muscles to capacity! It’s worth the effort and helps in your permanent weight loss goals!!