Although many women pack their exercise routines with cardio, cardio and more cardio, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least two days of full-body, moderate- or high-intensity muscle strengthening.
Kettlebell training is a great way for women to build lean muscle, says certified kettlebell instructor Mike Pellegrini. Increasing lean muscle tissue, he says, raises the resting metabolic rate, meaning you'll burn more calories when you're sitting still. The popular fitness tool also strengthens ligaments and tendons -- especially important since women are at a greater risk for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, according to the New York Times.
Kettlebells have developed a bit of a reputation for being a little risky without proper instruction, according to Women's Health, so watch the video for a fun and safe circuit-style kettlebell training routine.