Girls Guide to Muscles
Muscles are a girl’s best friend. Not only do they raise your metabolism and help you burn more calories, they also keep you living strong. They give you those sexy curves and they look beautiful. Well-sculpted shoulders and lean, tight legs carry clothes better and allow you to power through everyday activities with strength and stamina.
A good resistsnace training workout provides you with muscle-sculpting, fat-blasting, and body-shrinking powers. You do not have to be a world-class athlete, just willing to work hard and be ready to accept the lean, tight, and strong but not bulky, feel great body you always wanted.
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Do your best and forget the rest. All you have to do is lift as much weight as you can, and that’s it. You’re not in competition with anyone else. Don’t worry if you can only lift 5 pounds while the person next to you is moving 15. You will get stronger with every rep, and before you know it, you’ll be able to lift heavier than you ever have before. And don’t be surprised if you find that you can do a few pull-ups after a few weeks.
- Eat enough. A common mistake many active women make is under eating. It’s important to fill your body with enough healthy fuel to power through your workouts and help your muscles recover afterward. If you don’t eat enough, your metabolism will slow down and your body will burn muscle for energy. Follow a good nutrition plan and take your supplements. They’re designed to help you get the best results.
- Don’t be a slave to the scale. When you start lifting weights, your body will go through a lot of metabolic changes. At first, your muscles may retain water as they react to the shock of the workouts and the recovery afterward. You may notice your weight going up for a short time before your muscles shed the excess water. As you continue with the program, you’ll be building muscle and shedding fat, but the scale might not move downward as much as you want it to. Don’t let that deter you. A pound of muscle is denser than a pound of fat, so your body may shrink even if your weight doesn’t change that much. Keep in mind that muscle is a metabolism booster, so the more you have the more calories and fat you’ll burn all day long.
- You’re not going to get bulky. Because women don’t have enough testosterone to build massive amounts of muscle, it’s nearly impossible for them to bulk up by lifting heavy weights. When women complain about feeling bulky, it’s usually because they’re new to a fitness program and their muscles are retaining water. If this happens to you, don’t give up. Stick with your meal plan and workouts, and soon the extra bulk will go away.
- You’re going to love the way you feel. OK, maybe not when you’re sore from working out, but as you get stronger and leaner, you’re going to love how easy everyday tasks become, like lifting heavy objects, walking up and down stairs, or picking up children. And I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find yourself admiring your shoulders in the mirror or poking yourself in the belly to feel your tight abs.
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