Top 10 Reasons (plus 1) to Lift Weights
For those of you who do lift weights regularly, you may already know several or all the benefits that are going to be listed below.
The benefits of weight training really are numerous and positively affect many aspects of your life.
There are countless benefits to a weight-lifting program, and it is something men and women should work into their training timetable.
Here are some reasons why everyone should pick up some weights, and this isn’t an exhaustive list either:
1. Increased bone mass.
Bone mass naturally declines with age, and this is partly due to a reduction in the production of hormones such as testosterone, human growth hormone, and estrogen.
It can also result because of lack of weight-bearing activities.
Regular weight lifting or strength training workouts can minimize bone loss, promote an increase in bone mass and reduce the likelihood of developing a medical condition characterized by brittle and porous bones (osteoporosis).
2. Stronger bones.
Weight training, along with running and a healthy diet, is the best way to develop strong bones, and one of the best ways to curb osteoporosis.
Do not wait until it becomes an issue, make your bones stronger now, with weight lifting training.
3. Improved insulin sensitivity.
Blood glucose levels rise, especially, after eating carbohydrates. Sustained elevation of blood glucose, called hyperglycemia, has been linked to everything from diabetes to cancer and even aging.
Regular strength training upsurges your sensitivity to insulin which is the hormone responsible for forcing glucose out of your blood and into your cells.
This increase in insulin sensitivity lasts for hours after strength training so, it is a vital part of helping to maintain steady blood glucose levels and reduction in chances of suffering from hyperglycemia and its complications.
4. You Don’t Need A Gym To Lift Weights.
You do not need a gym in order to lift weights. You also don’t need a treadmill, park, or trail either.
All you need is to get dumbbells, or you can even use body-weight exercises that require no equipment but work just as well at toning your body.
5. Improved Functional Strength
Lifting weights increases the strength of your muscles, and being strong will mean that everyday activities such as Do It Yourself, shopping and gardening are much less stressful as you have ample strength in reserve to make these demanding tasks easier.
Being stronger also means that you will implement your sport of choice more effectively, and you can increase your sports-specific performance.
Also, since strength builds balance, practicing some form of strength training will improve your balance.
So, whether you want to simply be able to rearrange your house or such kind of activities, strength training will allow you to stay active and stay on top, without having to call someone to help you.
6. Increased metabolic rate.
More muscle mass denotes a higher total daily energy reserve and expenditure.
This means that it becomes easier to lose weight and maintain your weight.
Building muscle, even a small amount, will enable you to burn more energy not just while you work out, but all the time, including while you sleep.
7. Improved Posture
Posture can be defined as the correct alignment of your joints so that inactive structures are not placed under any undue and potentially injurious forces.
Now, appropriate strength training exercises, like weight lifting can be used to strengthen those muscles that are most involved in maintaining good posture, especially, those on the back of the body.
8. Lifting weights strengthens and keeps your joints healthy
Many people seem to think that lifting weights will cause joints injuries as a result of the mechanical stress placed on them at high intensities.
But the reality is quite the opposite, as studies on patients with osteoarthritic complications actually indicate a reduction of pain and stiffness in the joints of those involved in lifting the weight.
Increased mobility was also observed.
However, it is important to remember that joint injuries are somewhat problematic in trainees who employ excessive weight and poor technique in weight lifting exercises.
Whenever you are lifting heavy weights, consider using accessories that promote cushioning and blood flow to the active joints, like knee wraps and elbow sleeves.
9. Increased muscle tone.
Firm and shaped muscles are the effects of both diet and exercise. However, lifting weights on a regular basis is the most effective way to target your muscles.
Thus, by choosing appropriate exercises, one can focus on problem areas and make sure that they are as firm and well developed as conceivable.
You can lose fat through diet and general exercise while simultaneously targeting your underlying muscles with the strength training exercise, like weight lifting.
10. Increased anabolic hormone secretion.
As we age, anabolic or tissue growing hormone levels tend to degenerate and this is one of the reasons we lose muscle and get weaker with age.
Lifting weights increase both testosterone levels and growth hormone levels which help to keep you looking and feeling younger for longer.
11. Lifting weight increases libido
This is nice, especially for individuals who find that they lack that natural sex drive they once had.
This benefit of weight lifting comes with time as you are consistently hitting the iron and accelerating your natural sex hormone production.
The healthiest daily thing you can do for yourself is to go lift some weight and make it habitual.
Lift weights for your health, looks, and for your longevity. Getting your workout is far more important than you think for your loved ones and for yourself.
Remember to do it honestly and consistently and you will be rewarded.