(HealthDay News) -- Strength training helps you build more muscle and burn more fat, but women shouldn't avoid it out of fear of getting bulky.
The American Council on Exercise recommends:
- If you want to increase strength, opt for heavier weights and fewer repetitions. To build endurance, opt for more repetitions with lighter weights.
- Keep at it. After a few months, women and men will both see about a 20 percent to 40 percent improvement in strength.
- Determine your body type, and set your goals accordingly. Don't compare yourself to others, because everyone is different.
- Concentrate on the way exercise makes you feel, and less on your appearance. Accept your body, and focus on getting stronger, healthier and feeling better.