Why Would You Want to Build Muscle Mass?
You might wonder why someone would want to build muscle mass. In particular, you might wonder why a woman would be interested in building muscle mass. The benefits for both genders are quite significant.
Burn Fat Quickly
It takes a lot of energy to keep muscle cells working. It also takes a good amount of energy to repair those muscle cells after a workout. This energy comes from a couple of places. It comes from the food you eat. It also comes from the fuel that’s stored in your body in the form of fat.
The chemical makeup of fat is easy for your body to break down into glycogen, which is the fuel that your cells need. So when you build your muscle mass, you also increase your body’s energy needs, which means you burn more fat.
Of course, this has to be combined with proper nutrition in order for you to lose weight. However, it does mean that muscle will help you lose weight more quickly and that you’ll keep the weight off.
Muscles Look Great
Let’s be honest here and just say that muscle is quite attractive. Both men and women who are strong and healthy are generally considered to be more visually appealing. It’s also important to point out that when you have a strong body you feel better. You feel vital and energetic. You also feel empowered.
Taking good care of your body is also good for your mind and spirit. And those are also attractive qualities. It doesn’t hurt that you rock that swimsuit and look great in just about anything you put on, but it’s also nice to know that your body is healthy too.
As men and women age, we lose bone density. Strength training helps slow down this loss, which means that as you age you’ll be at less risk for osteoporosis and bone breaks due to falls. Additionally, strength training improves your balance and coordination, which also reduces the risk of falling.
According to a study conducted by the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, strength training does have a positive impact on bone density as well as soft tissue lean mass.
The study was designed to evaluate the effects of 18 months of resistance exercise on regional and total bone mineral density and soft tissue lean mass in premenopausal women aged 28-39 randomly assigned to an exercise or control group. The results for bone density showed “significant regional increases” for bone density in postmenopausal women. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7484276)
Age Well and Improve Your Health
Strength training, which is the primary type of exercise that builds muscle, has been shown to have a significant impact on a person’s overall health. Specifically, it has been shown to:
• Increase joint function
• Improve ligament and tendon strength
• Increase metabolism
• Improve cardiac function (though not as much as with aerobic exercise)
• Increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol
• Improve mental wellbeing
• Result in weight loss/fat reduction
• Provide significant neurological benefits
The bottom line is that strength training doesn’t just make you look and feel great, it’s an excellent way to help improve your overall health and wellbeing. So let’s get to it. Let’s talk about what’s required to build muscle mass and get that body you’ve been dreaming of.