Weight lifting over the course of time can improve your appearance, and in some age groups is a bit of a fashion statement. However, there are many reasons to weight train that have absolutely nothing to do with appearance. Check out these 6 satisfying reasons to make weight training a part of your everyday exercise routine.
Weight Control: Losing weight through diet and aerobic exercise causes the body to lose muscle as well as fat. This can be a problem because as you lose muscle, your metabolism slows as well; this can cause you to regain the weight you have lost. Once you add weight training to the mix, you’ll either maintain or increase your muscle mass, therefore maintaining or boosting your metabolism. While weight training isn’t a magical solution to obesity, experts consider it to be an important part of any weight-control program.
Bone Health: The average woman loses approximately 1% of her bone mass each year after the age of 35 and men are also susceptible to brittle bones. Regular weight training can drastically slow the rate of bone loss and in some cases reverse it completely. As a person grows older, strong bones reduce the chance of developing a hunched back and fractures. Remember that it’s never too late to start strengthening your bones.
Increased Strength: You may not harbor a lifelong dream to lift a car over your head, but increased strength will make it easier to haul newspapers to the recycling bin, carry heavy bags of groceries, and move furniture. As you grow older, increased strength can also help you maintain independence in your own home. Studies have also found that people as old as 90 years can increase muscle strength, thereby regaining lost abilities such as dressing and walking.
Boosted Energy: Forget the energy drinks…Lift some weights instead. When you lift weights, your overall energy increases allowing you to bound effortlessly though your day without becoming exhausted before lunchtime.
Improved Heart Health: We have known for years that aerobic exercise such as walking, bicycling, and jogging can reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure; newer research teaches us that weight training is also a great way to protect your heart. (More specifically, lifting weights can lower LDL and reducing blood pressure.)
Improved Quality of Life: If the above reasons don’t inspire you to start weight training, consider this: Any activity that improves your health, has been known to cure clinical depression, and brings an energetic bout of self satisfaction must be worth the effort.
There are many other benefits to weight training, but these are areas in which you’ll notice immediate improvement. Now find yourself a gym, some home weight equipment, or a couple of plastic bottles filled with sand…and get to work!