Health Benefits of Weightlifting

Lose Body Fat

When you do weight training it builds up muscle. As you build up lean muscle your metabolism increases. Studies have shown that, in women, for every 2 pounds of muscle gained, 3.5 pounds of fat was lost. Thought it couldn’t get better? For every pound of muscle, you gain, you’ll burn an extra 35-50 calories a day.

Gain Strength Without Bulking

Men and women’s muscles are made differently and therefore respond differently to training. It is more difficult for women to ‘bulk’ due to weight lifting as women have a third less testosterone in their muscles than men do.

It is easier for women gain muscle in the way of muscle definition and strength without the size, despite common misconception.

Decreases Risk of Osteoporosis

Weight training strengthens your muscles, but it also strengthens your bones, by increasing bone density and reduces the risk of bone fractures and breaks. Research has shown that it can also increase spinal bone density which creates a stronger and healthier spine.

Reduces Risk of Injury

Strong joints, ligaments and tendons can all help prevent injury and can relieve pain from osteoporosis. The more you exercise the less likely you are to be at risk of injury. Weight training doesn’t only increase strength in the muscle but it also increases strength in the connective tissues and joints.

Lowers Risk of Diabetes

It’s predicted that by 2030, diabetes will be the seventh highest cause of death in the world. Living a healthy lifestyle already decreases your risk of getting it. But studies have shown that weight training, along with a healthy lifestyle, and some sort of cardiovascular activity could cut your risk of getting diabetes by 59%.

Burn Calories

Studies have shown that weight training can make your metabolism faster for up to 24 hours’ post-workout.

Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain

Weight training strengthens your shoulders, back, and core. This makes your back stronger and can even prevent lower back pain. A stronger back can also help improve your posture.

Enhance Mood and Reduce Stress

Any form of exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood, and fight depression, stress and anxiety. Endorphins can also improve alertness, boost energy and stimulate the mind. Making your day just that little bit easier. It will also make you look better, which will boost your confidence, allowing you to feel better.

Can Make You Mentally Stronger

Feeling stronger physically can help you feel stronger mentally. Fitness expert John Carrico says “Weight training teaches you to push yourself when everything tells you to stop, when your muscles start to give out and it burns and it hurts,” and that “When we get into those high-intensity situations, we have a choice, we can either stop everything and try to return to our comfort level, or decide that this level of discomfort is worth the reward. That decision — that it’s worth persisting through that uncomfortable situation –100 percent contributes to successful situations in other parts of our lives.”

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