Last week was paradoxes and this week I am going to talk about one HUGE myth.
MYTH: Lifting weights makes you bulk up not toned.
Lifting weights IS the way to tone your muscles. Since muscle takes up less room than fat, women tend to lose inches when they strength train. So in addition to the physical benefits (increased metabolism, decreased risk of osteoporosis, increased strength), strength training will help you slim down too! Women, in fact, are more likely to tone up from strength training rather than bulk up. Research shows that women can add up to 30% lean muscle and end up looking thinner, feeling stronger and being firmer. No matter how many repetitions you do, you should be lifting a challenging weight and feel muscle fatigue by the end of each set. Change your thinking - Lift weights to be THINNER!!
EXCERCISE OF THE WEEK:
Forward lunges with dumbbells. See demo HERE. I always have to remind myself that I can hold more weight while doing these lunges. Your legs are usually stronger than you think. However, if you are concerned about using a heavier weight, start small. Just remember your want your muscle to become fatigued for a good workout.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Remember to reward yourself. Give yourself one day a week where calories and working out don't matter. Instead of rocking it in the gym, take a bike ride and enjoy the scenery and fresh air. Set a goal - like doing 5 extra minutes of cardio - then reward yourself with a long aromatherapy bath. Find a way to make yourself worth it!!