MIND, BODY, SPIRIT - Weight Lifting! The beauty secrets of pumping iron.
MIND: “Women are finding empowerment through lifting weights,” says Neghar Fonooni, RKC II, Santa Monica–based fitness coach and founder of the website Eat, Lift & Be Happy. “And more importantly, we’re encouraging and supporting each other in these endeavors, as opposed to body-shaming one another.”
BODY: According to a June 2013 study published in the journal Diabetes, both men and women became more insulin sensitive after 12 weeks of strength training, decreasing their risk of getting type 2 diabetes. In the same study, scientists also reported improved strength — both upper and lower body — increased lean body mass, decreased fasting glucose and insulin, and even led to greater aerobic capacity. Weight lifting counts as CARDIO!
SPIRIT: "Lifting weights is excellent for improving bone density, joint mobility and body composition, and relieving anxiety and depression," says Alexander Koch, PhD, associate professor of exercise science at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. "And there is good data available now that shows being strong and having adequate muscle mass and strong bones are key health traits to help women live longer, fuller lives."
Challenging yourself to become stronger physically and mentally will open doors, make you smile and inspire others!
(For a more accurate sense of how much you should be lifting, check out "How Can I Tell if My Weights Are Heavy Enough?")
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