If you’re a woman and afraid to build some muscle, because you think you’ll bulk up like a man, check out the women in our gym in Denver, CO that lift weights and do strength building. Unless they’re specifically working on body building, which takes far more work than almost all others do, or taking steroids or other chemical help, building bulky muscles is nearly impossible for most women. For men, building muscle doesn’t have to mean bulk unless you want it to do that. Some men prefer a more sinewy appearance, like a martial arts fit.
Building muscle helps you burn fat.
Just doing strength training can be a huge fat burner. While aerobic workouts like running burns high amounts of calories, the body doesn’t discriminate where those come from. Often the calories come from lean muscle mass. That can be counterproductive if you want to shed pounds. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you’ll burn. That’s because muscle tissue requires more calories for maintenance that fat tissue does. You’ll be boosting your metabolism when you build muscle tissue.
You’ll slow the aging process when you build muscle mass.
After the mid thirties, your body starts to lose muscle mass. It’s called sarcopenia, but doesn’t have to be a natural part of aging. Muscle decline can be from three to five percent every year. For women, loss of muscle tissue may be more significant, since it also puts them at risk for osteoporosis, which can occur in men, but is most prevalent in women. Building muscle tissue tugs on the bones, causing the body to create a chemical reaction that strengthen the bones. In fact, it works as good as some osteoporosis medications. It improves bone density in people of all ages, even those who already had thinning bones.
Boost your coordination and improve your functional fitness.
Strength training and building muscle tissue also helps your balance, posture and coordination. When seniors train to build muscles, it reduced their risk of falling by as much as 40 percent by boosting their balance. The more muscles you have the more it protects the body from injury. However, you also need flexibility training to keep the muscles flexible.
- Strength-training used to build muscle tissue also enhances your immune system and can reduce pain from arthritis or other chronic diseases.
- Muscle mass weighs more per cubic inch than fat tissue does. Just like comparing the container holding a pound of feathers to one containing a pound of lead, the container holding lead will be smaller. Even if you don’t lose a pound, but have more muscle tissue, you’ll lose clothing sizes.
- When you’re working out to build muscles, you’ll be boosting your brain power, too. Research shows that strength-training not only builds muscles, but also boosts cognitive activity, particularly in seniors.
- When you build muscles, you’ll also improve your posture, giving you a confident appearance. That new look can actually help you build real confidence.