7 Reasons Women Should Lift Heavy Weights

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    Whether you’re a green juice junkie, a SoulCycle addict, or just trying to maintain a working relationship with your skinny jeans, healthy living is always in style. So we’ve tapped the wellness masterminds at Well+Good — the go-to-site for cool, healthy-leaning women coast to coast — to keep you in-the-know.

    This news lends new meaning to the phrase "hot and heavy." While cardio is essential for heart health and tiny weights may help you tone, there are lots of serious, science-backed reasons to add heavy weights to your regimen. (And, no, you won't end up looking like a body builder. That's actually a full-time job.)

    "Lifting heavy weights — about 8-15 pounds for women is fine, and up to 25 is ideal — is the most efficient and effective way to build muscle mass," says Joey Gonzalez, owner of Barry's Bootcamp New York.

    "Developing muscle is crucial to lowering body fat, and to improving your fitness and health levels overall," he says. And lots of studies would agree with him. Here are seven research-tested reasons women should lift heavy.

    This article was authored by Lisa Elaine Held.

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