Throughout time, men and women have trained their body differently. It is expected for men to develop certain muscles more so than women, which is completely fine. However, just because men are supposed to look more shredded in certain areas than women, that doesn’t imply that women shouldn’t exercise those muscles as well.
Every time I go to the gym I see a number of women doing cardio, abs or legs. More often than not, you barely see any women in the dumbbell section. All you see is a bunch of guys breathing heavy and trying to lift more than half their weight. Now, I completely agree that having a toned middle section and a great butt is a must, but what about having sculpted arms and an awesome back?
Nowadays, I think women are beginning to wrap their brains around the idea that working their upper body is sexy. I’ve mentioned it before in my previous posts but let me reiterate… your body should be proportionate!
Do you really think that having a butt the size of planet earth is the only indication that you work out? NO.
Here are four reasons why why you should work your upper body.
- Balance your physique
- Increase your metabolism through muscle built-up
- Develop your strength
- Rely on yourself – You won’t need that guy to lift those boxes for you
I’ve heard that the reason why women don’t try to exercise their upper body is because they don’t want to become too bulky. Let me remind you that you should lift according to your goals. Unless you actively work to build muscle and grow, you won’t get that kind of definition, so relax.
Based on my personal experience, I can assure you that working your upper body helps your overall health. Every muscle in our body serves a purpose, which means that each one performs an important function. For example, your back muscles support and protect your spine. They enable you to stand up straight and extend your arms. They’re crucial in helping your body perform the most basic functions, so why are you neglecting them?
Yes, working your abs and your butt might seem like the most important thing right now according to society’s standards, but at the end of the day… you need all your muscles to move the way you do. You need each of them to hold you up and do its part so that you aren’t as prone to muscle injury. Also, remember that sooner or later you will get old. Your bones will deteriorate, so you’ll need all your strength to do the most basic things like getting up from your bed.
Health doesn’t mean picking and choosing which muscles you exercise to ‘look good.’ It is all about taking care of your body as a whole so that you’re able to function properly for many years to come.