Make Friends with Your Body

19 September, 2012

No, it's not liposuction. It's weight work -- and that boost to your body image happens no matter what size or shape you're in. Strength training doesn't just make you feel stronger, it also makes you feel good about yourself. Even better, you only have to do it a few times a week to get the bod-loving -- and RealAge -- benefits.

Whether you work out in your living room with resistance bands or go to a gym with all the latest equipment, regular strength training can make a happy difference in your self-image. A study found that even women whose weight slightly increased during a 12-week weight-training program emerged feeling much more confident about their bodies. And that gave them a more positive emotional outlook overall. So don't let the possibility of minor weight gain scare you away from weight workouts. Remember, muscle is denser than fat, so even if the numbers on the scale climb a little, your body will be leaner and meaner if you strength train regularly.

SOURCES: Relations of strength training to body image among a sample of female university students. Ahmed, C., Hilton, W., Pituch, K., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2002 Nov;16(4):645-648.

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