Sports & Fitness

Women, What Are You Weighting For?

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by April Cameron

If you want to lose weight faster, here”s your answer. Add weights to your workout routine. "Wait," you say. "I don”t want to get bulky and look like a man!" (Ok, enough with the weight puns.)

Adding weight training to your workout routine will help you lose weight faster, and you will not bulk up! A woman does not have enough of the male hormone testosterone in her body to make her big and bulky without spending several hours in the gym several days a week.

Muscle burns more calories than fat does. So, if you gain some muscle mass on your body, it will burn the calories you consume more efficiently. This is the proven way to speed up your metabolism. For every extra pound of muscle you can add to your body, you can burn an additional 150 calories per day.

You don”t have to hit the free weights, lifting the iron bars with even heavier iron weights on the end of them (but go for it, if that”s your thing). You can use the exercise machines in the gym, or buy just a few sets of hand-held weights for home. WebMd.com recommends a 5-pound, 8-pound and 10-pound set, depending on your fitness level.

If you choose to work out at home, search the Web or buy a book to show you the specific exercises you should be doing and the proper form. Proper form is essential in keeping your back safe from injury as you gain the muscles you need for a leaner, stronger and fit body. You can consult a personal trainer to design a weight training program ideal for you.