When it comes to appearance many of us idealize the slim and beautifully airbrushed models and celebrities we see online, in magazines, movies and television. As an average woman however, it is hard to stay positive and be confident in ourselves when at every turn “perfection” is flashing in front of our eyes. It is nearly impossible not to compare ourselves to these images even though we know they may always be unattainable. Thankfully, as fitness trends are changing, it seems as if more women are focusing on being healthy and strong versus skinny.
A common misconception that many women have is if they lift weights, especially heavier weights, they will get “bulky” or start to look more masculine. The good news is this is incorrect and can be proved wrong scientifically. First, muscle burns fat and so the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn. Second, as women our body compositions are very different than that of men. So unless your goal is to become a female body builder you will not just haphazardly achieve that type of physique.
There are so many benefits to being strong and healthy and our Top 3 are:
- Gaining confidence as you watch your body transform.
- Becoming more capable of physical tasks in the real world.
- Cultivating a new and healthy lifestyle that you can be passionate about.
Modern fitness focuses more on interval training for shorter periods of time, utilizing weights while doing cardio and muscle confusion. Efficiency and intensity is what we recommend. So… stay positive and put in the work and you will have nothing to lose but inches and self-doubt!