Women Lifting Weights: “But I don’t want to be bulky!”

Women lifting weights a few times a week is not going to turn you into the Incredible Hulk. Do not be scared of lifting heavy weights in the fear that it will cause “bulkiness”. As a matter of fact, lifting weights is beneficial to your overall health.

Fear of bulking up is one of the biggest things holding women back from achieving their dream physique.

When most women hear they need to incorporate strength training into their exercise regimen they say, “But I don’t want to be bulky!”. The only “bulky” females seen are the bodybuilders that inject themselves with male hormones. Females simply don’t have enough natural testosterone to build that kind of muscle naturally.

Even males have to slave away in the gym, lifting maximum weight several days a week for months on end just to gain a few pounds of muscle. And their testosterone levels are 20 times that of the average female.

Women with a muscular physique, that aren’t taking testosterone, have been lifting heavy weights for several years at least. In addition to maintaining a diet of high calories. If diet yields a calorie deficit, the body literally will not have the raw material to build new muscle tissue. What it will do, however, is help maintain and strengthen muscle tissue as fat is lost. This is especially true if it’s incorporated with the weight loss and/or HCG diet plans we provide.

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There are numerous benefits to lifting weights and some of them may surprise you! Because women don’t have the same level of testosterone as men our ability to gain muscle as they do is virtually nonexistent. However, that doesn’t mean that it won’t help shape our bodies.

According to Shape.com and Bodybuilding.com, the benefits of women lifting weights include:

  • More Effective Fat Loss, Especially Belly Fat
  • Muscle Definition
  • Curves
  • Burn More Calories
  • Strengthen Your Bones
  • Improved Sleep Quality
  • Improved Heart Health
  • And More!

The huge benefit of weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat during and after exercise. You may burn more calories during your 1-hour cardio class than you would lifting weights for an hour, but a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who lifted burned an average of 100 more calories during the 24 hours after their training session ended. This means that you continue to burn calories after your workout. And the more muscle you gain the more calories you burn during and after your workout.

A University of Alabama study found that the women who lifted weights lost more deep belly fat than those who just did cardio. This not only helps you lose weight and build a more toned body, but it also lessens your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers.

A study published in the International SportMed Journal suggests that morning resistance training or high-intensity training greatly affects the quality of sleep and lengthens the time of sleep the night after training.

A study conducted at McMaster University found that after a year of resistance training, postmenopausal women increased spinal bone mass by 9 percent. The earlier you begin weightlifting, the greater chance you have to maintain bone health later in life.

Strength Training and Nutrition

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No matter if the goal is to gain or lose weight, one should always aim to lose fat and gain muscle, just to different degrees according to the weight goal. Used in conjunction with one of our many weight loss options, the body you desire is within reach.

At AgeRejuvenation we offer DNA testing for weight loss, appetite suppressants, vitamin injections, liver detoxes, food allergy testing, and body composition procedures.

No two bodies are the same which is why we do testing to determine what works for you. If you’ve tried fad dieting then you know that it doesn’t always work. You may see some results but after a few weeks or months, the pounds come back. Liposuction will help you lose weight but it is highly invasive and requires weeks of recovery and downtime. Instead of relying on highly invasive, one-size-fits-all approaches to medical weight loss, health specialists at AgeRejuvenation utilize a variety of medical breakthroughs to help you achieve your goals.

hulk strength trainingNot The Incredible Hulk

So will you become the Hulk by strength training? Probably not. And if you do become the Hulk it’s because of Gamma Radiation, not lifting weights. A few extra pounds of lean muscle on your body is actually very desirable. It will result in a faster metabolism, a much more appealing physique, and a far greater ability to keep your weight loss off for good!

6 Cellulite Reduction Tips

If you are sick of dimples and lumps on your thighs, buttocks, or stomach, you are one of many that suffer from the same thing – cellulite! Here are some cellulite reduction tips that can help you look and feel better. Continue reading to learn more.

Cellulite is both annoying and unwanted. The worst part is, cellulite does not discriminate – it can occur in females with a low body fat percentage as well as in females with a high body fat percentage. It is also very much genetic!

Ladies, you are not alone. About 90% of adult women are affected by cellulite – regardless of their body composition! So, what can we do? How can we get rid of these stubborn areas so that we can feel more confident about our bodies?

Luckily, there are some steps we can take to minimize cellulite, and better yet, we do not have to resort to surgery in order to do so!

In this blog post, we will give you natural cellulite reduction tips and remedies that you can use to begin diminishing the appearance of cellulite.  

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite Reduction

What is cellulite? Generally speaking, cellulite occurs when fat cells, or fat deposits, begin to protrude into the dermis, pushing the skin out. These bulging cells appear as dimples or lumps on the skin, which are what we refer to as cellulite.

This tends to be much more common in women than in men, as only about 10% of men suffer from cellulite. Why is this? Well, it could be because of the way our collagen is structured.

In women, connective tissue has the appearance of a picket-fence; whereas in males, it has the appearance of a cross-linked fence. Because of this difference, male’s fat cells do not tend to protrude through the skin the same way that female’s fat cells do.

In addition, males tend to not hold as much body fat as females, due to the higher amount of testosterone in their body, which aids in burning fat. Therefore, they do not have as many fat cells to begin with.

Cellulite Reduction Tips

Cellulite Reduction Tips

Cellulite on our thighs or on our stomachs can be very irritating. Here are some cellulite reduction tips that can help minimize their appearance.

1. Eat a Whole Food Diet

First things first, we need to be eating a healthy, whole food diet. Not only does this aid in fat loss and help to keep us lean, but a diet high in fiber, preferably from high-quality nutrients like fruits and vegetables, helps to remove toxins from the body. This will aid in keeping our fat cells smaller and therefore preventing them from protruding through the skin.

2. Stay Hydrated, Say No to Salt

In addition, we want to make sure we are staying hydrated and watching sodium intake. When we become dehydrated, our skin begins to thin, and cellulite will appear to be more pronounced. For individuals that eat a diet higher in sodium, you are allowing your fat cells to swell by holding onto water. This will make the appearance of  your cellulite more pronounced as the fat cells swell. By keeping water intake high and sodium intake low, our fat cells will not have the opportunity to swell, therefore, they appear less pronounced.

3. Eat Healthy Foods  

In addition to eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, we recommend that you base your diet around good quality proteins and limit carbohydrate and sugar intake. This will help keep your body fat percentage stay lower, meaning you will have less volume in your fat cells, making cellulite less likely to begin with.

Keep in mind, our health and wellness experts at AgeRejuvenation can assist you in finding and maintaining a healthy diet that works best for you–you do not have to try healthy eating on your own! Our on-staff nutritionists can assist you in a plan that will best suit your needs.

Don’t worry ladies, we will get rid of your unwanted cellulite together!

4. Regular Exercise

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In addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise can assist in minimizing the appearance of cellulite. I’m not talking about spending hours upon hours on the treadmill; I’m referring to strength training to help build lean muscle mass and tighten your skin. By building stronger muscles and tightening your skin, you will reduce the amount of visible cellulite.  

There are specific exercises you can do a few times a week to target the areas that you have the most cellulite. For example, for cellulite on the front or back of the thighs, you can do lower body exercises like squats, lunges, leg extension, leg press, step-ups, hamstring curls, hip thrusts, and more!

It is recommended that you complete at least 3 rounds of 10-15 repetitions with at least 3-5 exercises targeting each body part of your choice. If you are not familiar with strength training, it is recommended that you talk with a personal trainer or meet with a skilled professional at one of our clinics for proper exercise instruction.  

5. Massage Therapy

Another way to help reduce the appearance of cellulite is to use massage therapy. A massage can be used for many different benefits such as stress relief, muscle recovery, blood pressure control, digestive issues, joint pain relief, and much more. But when trying to naturally diminish the appearance of cellulite, it can be very helpful as well.

Massage therapy helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and increase blood flow to the area. This can help to eliminate the toxins built up in the affected areas that are causing cellulite. A massage can also help to stimulate the fat pockets and break them down so that they are not as visible on the skin, as well as eliminate any excess fluid that may be built up in the area. You can either go to a massage therapist or use a body massager that is specifically designed to target cellulite.

Keep in mind, in order for a massage to help treat your cellulite, you will need to do this regularly. You can also add a lotion, retinol cream or serum to your massage to aid in skin tightening and minimizing the fat cells for an even better result.  

6. The Viora Treatment

As well as trying these natural remedies, at AgeRejuvenation we offer a non-invasive solution for firmer and tighter skin to diminish the appearance of cellulite. This fast and affordable treatment is called Viora and it has been clinically proven to tighten skin and aide in reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Viora cellulite reduction treatments are safe and painless, requiring no downtime afterward. It does not cause any bruising, scarring, pain or bleeding, unlike similar treatments to reduce the appearance of cellulite that utilize surgery. Viora smooth’s and tightens the skin by aiding in collagen production and increasing the skin’s elasticity which will decrease the dimpling effect.

As previously mentioned, tighter skin and greater collagen production are going to make your skin look smoother and therefore lessen the appearance of cellulite in the treated area.

With Viora, it is recommended that you complete at least 8 treatments to the affected area to see the best results as collagen grows slowly so multiple treatments are needed. This treatment can be an excellent addition to the above-mentioned tips, although Viora has been proven to show results even when used on its own.

For a free consultation to see if Viora is the right non-surgical, cellulite reduction treatment for you! Call us at (888) 865-8370 to get scheduled today.  

Reduce Cellulite Today

You do not have to unhappily live with unwanted dimples on your body! There are natural remedies that you can use that can help diminish the appearance of your cellulite. Keep in mind that the tips mentioned in this blog also contribute to a healthy lifestyle and lower body fat percentage overall.

This means that your body will function better, decreasing your risk for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and more.

At AgeRejuvenation, we promote both a healthy body internally as well as a healthy appearance. We want you to feel great on the inside as well as the outside, and we understand that these two things may hand in hand. That is why we are here–to treat you comprehensively, helping you to reach your goals.

The next time you take a look in the mirror and are unhappy with the cellulite on your body, try these cellulite reduction tips given to you in this blog post, or reach out to our clinic.

If have questions, feel free to call us today at (888) 865-8370 . We have multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area and offer a no-cost consultation so what are you waiting for?