Should WOMEN Over 40 REALLY Be Lifting Weights?
Most women “over 40″ agree that their naked body looks NOTHING like it did at “20″, even though they “still” weigh about the same. Why? The answer would surprise MOST of them. It’s the LOSS of MUSCLE MASS! Ladies, it’s time to say “yes” to weight-training.
I know what you’re thinking:
“I don’t want big muscles!”
“I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder!”
“I actually want smaller muscles!”
Women should NOT shy away from weight-training (a.k.a. resistance training or strength training). It is essential to remaining youthful, and having the lean, toned, shapely body, at any age.
Allow me to explain why muscles are the key to attaining the body you have always desired. First, let’s address a common myth that too many women believe. If they lift-weights they will become “bulky”. Nonsense! A women’s unfavorable genetic factors, such as lack of testosterone, levels of estrogen, cross section width of muscle bellies, etc., simply precludes 99.9% of woman from getting “big muscles.” As women age (men too), their muscle mass decreases – it is a natural process of aging. Losing as little as one-half pound of muscle can result in additional fat deposits on your butt and thighs. Why? Because muscle is active tissue, which makes high calorie demands – even when you’re lying in bed at night. Less muscle means a slower resting-metabolism. As early as your middle 20′s, the average woman experiences a slight decline in her metabolic rate each year, which exactly parallels her loss of muscle mass. The relationship is obvious: as muscle-mass decreases, metabolism slows. As a woman ages – even if she continues to eat the same number of calories per day – she gets fatter and fatter. Plain n’ simply, the loss of muscle equals a decline in metabolic rate. And, it gets worse year after year.
BOTTOM LINE: The passage of time puts all women on the road to having an over-fat and out-of-shape body. Weight training is the #1 way to slow or stop this natural aging process. It’s not a matter of building bigger muscles, you should be exercising simply to KEEP the Muscles you have now. By the way, it is NEVER to late to start.