The most surprising part of my weight loss journey so far is learning that building muscle is the key to my success. I never really thought about weightlifting or the power of weight lifting for midlife women. I just assumed the key to success was cardio, cardio and more cardio.
Turns out no matter what our age a 60 year old and a 20 year old could lift the same (assuming they are of similar health) and there is nothing to stop us women from “bulking up” and getting toned.
The good news is we don’t have enough testosterone in our body to build huge muscles. I read somewhere that women have the testosterone of a 9 year old boy. So don’t fret and worry about looking like Stallone. It just won’t happen naturally.
What weight lifting does is help us burn fat and get toned.
Here are a few other forms of exercise worth taking up if you are over 40.
- Weight Lifting
- Body Weight Training
- Strength training
- Metabolic Circuit Training
As we lift weights we build muscle. Building muscle makes it easier for us to burn fat and lose weight.
So you see weight lifting in midlife helps us lose weight and burn fat. This is why it is so important.