When a lot of people think of weight training, they think of meatheads in the gym growing their muscles into hulk-sized proportions. And while it is important to grow your muscles for a strong body, you don’t have to take it to that level just because you pick up a weight. Even if you don’t train hard enough to get six-pack abs, bulging biceps and buns of steel, you can still make huge #gainz to your health and overall appearance. Here are the benefits of weight training:
- Resistance training – what you do when you lift weights – increases bone density, which reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones especially in older adults. It also helps fight osteoporosis, which is extremely important for women.
- It increases your mental well-being by reducing symptoms of both anxiety and depression. Nothing feels better than getting out aggression and negative emotions by pushing and pulling heavy weights around.
- To piggy-back on the above, it boosts your confidence because when you focus on your strength improving, you take less focus off of what the scale is doing. So instead of thinking about what you don’t like about your body, you’re focusing on all of the amazing things it can do.
- It improves your posture. Muscular imbalances (aka which muscles are overactive and tight and which need to be strengthened) cause a lot of pain in our bodies by giving us improper posture. If you figure out what your muscular imbalances are by being assessed by a fitness professional – oftentimes you can be assessed for free – you can learn which muscles you need to strengthen to improve your posture and reduce daily pain and discomfort.
- It boosts your metabolism. The more lean muscle you have on your body, the more calories your body burns every day. That means you’ll still be burning lots of calories on those lazy Sundays spent on the couch.
- Stronger muscles means stronger cardio performance. Whether it’s running, biking, or swimming – having stronger muscles on those working limbs will help you go faster.
- It improves your heart health by lowering your blood pressure and improving cardiovascular strength.
- You’ll get a better night of sleep after being active, which will help you have more energy every day.
- It ups your brain power by improving your cognitive functioning, especially in older adults.
- You get to sculpt your body to look how you want it to look. Instead of being all skin and bones destined to be shaped according to your skeleton and natural fat deposits, you can use weight training to build muscle that will shape your body exactly how you want it. And weight training is a lot less expensive than plastic surgery!
If you’re unsure of how to start weight training, try out a free class at your gym or start working with a personal trainer! It’s always best to learn proper form from a professional when starting out because you don’t want to injure yourself and cause more harm than good. But the good news is, once you know the basics you’ll be able to fly free and be a lean, mean weightlifting machine all on your own 🙂 Go get ’em, tiger! A healthier you is waiting.
Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy You,