Most women tend to stay away from the weight room at the gym for a fear of bulking up. But the truth is that unless you are training to enter a body building competition you will not bulk up. Weight training is very beneficial, and although the scale may not move as fast as it does when sticking to strictly Cardio, you will definitely see a change in your body shape. When you do too much Cardio, the scale may move faster but you actually end up losing muscle mass instead of fat. Effective weight training ensures that you burn actual fat, thus you will find that you fit into your skinny jeans faster than expected without a large jump on the scale.
Just like Kim I now have an addiction to bodybuilding.com (I blame this on her). I came across this article about the benefits of weight training and if you are interested you should definitely take a look.
Here are the ten benefits of weight training that are outlined in the article:
1. Lose Body Fat
2. Gain Strength without bulk
3. Decrease your risk of Osteoporosis
4. Improve athletic performance
5. Become physically stronger
6. Reduce the risk of injury, back pain and arthritis
7. Reduce the risk of Heart Disease
8. Reduce the risk of Diabetes
9. Its never too late to benefit
10. Improve your attitude and fight depression
Muscle makes up about a third of the average woman's weight, therefore it has a huge effect on your metabolism. By gaining new muscle, you boost your metabolism and help keep your body lean and sculpted. Muscle burns calories even when you are not in the gym. When you replace fat with lean muscle you will naturally burn an additional 25 to 50 calories a day without even trying.