So, you think weight lifting is just for fitness competitors, body builders, or professional fighters? Or maybe you have resisted the notion, because you don’t want to “bulk up”. Whatever your reasoning for avoiding the weight room at the gym, you should know that everyone can benefit from at least moderate weight training.
Lifting weights doesn’t have to involve adding “bulk” to your body. In fact, it will have the opposite effect if you’re also following a weight loss diet. And it’s not just for people who want to become super strong, either. Weight training confers some major health benefits, such as…
Stronger bones. Bone mass declines after age 30, making fractures and breaks more likely. But weight lifting can actually build stronger, healthier bones.
Prevent injuries. Many sports-related injuries occur simply due to muscle weakness (you were trying to do something too difficult, and strained yourself). This rule applies to everyday actions, like moving furniture, as well. Building stronger muscles can prevent these types of injuries.
Retain ability as you age. We also tend to lose some muscle mass as we age, making everyday activities more difficult. Weight training can slow that part of the aging process.
Boost metabolism. Muscle burns more energy than fat, so building your muscles will help to increase your resting metabolic rate. This is particularly good news for those of you following a weight loss diet.
Combat anxiety. Weight training has even been shown to reduce anxiety, making it a great form of therapy.
Make life a bit easier. Stronger muscles will make everyday tasks, like climbing stairs, gardening, or carrying groceries, easier and faster.
Live longer. Scientists have even discovered a positive correlation between weight training and longevity, meaning this form of exercise could actually extend your life.
As always, we want to caution you about beginning a new exercise routine. Don’t dive into weight lifting without seeking professional advice, or you might risk injury. And of course, come see us first, so we can evaluate your overall health. If you want to learn more about how strength training can fit into your overall weight loss plan, we can help with that too.