LADIES: Lifting weights can keep you looking and feeling young!
Yup. It’s true.
So, I started thinking about this the other day when I was looking at the newfound “bra fat” below my armpit in the mirror while at the gym. I was just a few workouts back into actually lifting weights in an intense type of way, (like I had done for years, but haven’t consistently for the last two years,) and in between sets while catching my breathe I noticed this extra… pudge.
I was shook. That shit snuck right up on me. It was the first time it hit me that this was new to me. I’d never had that little soft patch of fat there before.
I’m not saying I was mad at it. It is what it is. It’s a reflection of what I’ve been doing (or not doing in this case,) for the past couple of years.
I get it. But what if I want it gone?
My first thought was, “Oh shit! This is me getting old! Omg! It’s all down hill from here.” But when I noticed people watching me dive headfirst down this slippery slope, I pulled it together. My educated, logical brain finally chimed in to remind me, that no, mid 30’s isn’t old, and the real culprit here is not merely my biological age, it’s more my lack of intense, cardio based weight training.
You see, we all produce something called Human Growth Hormone.
And women actually produce more of it than men. But, starting at around 30 years old, (yes, this is actually true… ) we start to produce less and less of it. This may suck just a little, as HGH is in part responsible for fighting tissue breakdown (aging,) and improving metabolic function (burning fat.) Not to mention HGH, along with estrogen has clear positive effects on hair growth, skin renewal, and nail strengthening.
So how can we keep our HGH levels from dropping then?! Is it even possible?!
GOOD NEWS! It is. *whew!
This is where the lifting weights comes in.
Basically it’s a must. An article published from research done by the American Physiological Society has shown that “women need to have heavy loading cycles or workouts in their resistance training routines, as it helps to build muscle and bone,” (due to the increase of HGH production.)
This is great news! It won’t cost you thousands of dollar in injections to keep that skin glowing, that hair flowing, and that CAKE growing!
All you need to do is hit the gym, grab some weights and have some fun!
Here are a few tips to follow to maximize your HGH growth potential while in the gym:
- Intense workouts create the highest HGH production when they last longer than 10 minutes and push you past your lactate threshold.
- Women specifically will benefit from higher HGH production when taking less rest and doing more work in a set amount of time.
- Adding weights to a HIIT session will increase the “workload,” therefore increasing HGH production.
And if you’re not vegan, and have no issues with whey products, you can further maximize your HGH production by consuming some sort of a whey protein source post-workout.
But wait! There’s more! This may be a good time to consider intermittent fasting, as it greatly increases HGH production, even way beyond what you can do in the gym!
So…start implementing what we’ve discussed here, and you can say goodbye to that lovely bra fat!!!