Q: Are there certain exercises for women that are better than typical workouts?

A: Clearly there are anatomical differences between men and women. If you have been to the gym lately, you will notice that the men typically lift free weights and are probably lifting much more than they should. Look to the other end of the gym, and women typically are using exercise machines and smaller free weights. Again, in general, men focus too much on upper body strength and women on lower body tone. Well, are certain exercises better for women?

For the most part, there are no exercises that are better for women. When considering cardiovascular exercise, a burned calorie is a burned calorie. Most women have fat that collects in the hips and legs. But because you cannot “spot reduce,” or choose exercises to target weight loss in certain areas of your body, performing any type of aerobic exercise is beneficial for weight loss.

As far as resistance training is concerned, you can perform the same exercises that men do and you will not look like a man. Women do not have enough testosterone or testosterone receptors in muscle to build enough muscle to look manly. Women who look manly are either doing very extreme workouts or taking steroids.

Do not worry! Lift as much or as little weight as you want, and you will look more toned and more “womanly.” You should try to perform exercises that work both your upper and lower body muscles.If you like a firmer butt, try exercises like the Squat or Glute Kickbacks. For arms, try Biceps Curls or Shoulder Circles.

Remember, working out isn’t only about looking good. It’s about being completely fit and having a good balance of strength throughout your body.

Woman or man, you should try to fit in 30 minutes of exercise per day, at least five days per week.

Don’t let being a woman restrict the type of exercise you want to do.

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