There is a lingering misconception among many women that lifting weights will make them look “masculine” or that a great cardio workout is all they really need to be fit and toned. Neither of these are necessarily true, and women of all ages can take advantage of numerous health benefits by adding a few weight training sessions into their personal workouts. Here are just a few reasons to consider starting your own weight training program:

You’ll look better. Most women will not gain significant amounts of muscle mass from regular weight training. Even those gifted with an athletic physique generally don’t have enough testosterone to support big, bulging muscles and only stand to gain more strength and toning from weight lifting. Of course, gaining the physique of a highly trained athlete isn’t really so bad compared to risks of being seriously overweight.

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