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8 Reasons why you should be lifting weights

Updated on March 6, 2016
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Build muscle, lose fat and more are some of the reasons why you should try it today!

You don't need to be a body builder to lift weights. This a common myth leading people to believe that they'll be bulkier, which is wrong. The health benefits which include reduced stress, fat and heart disease making your body leaner.

Below are 8 reasons why you should start weight training today:

1. 40% Fat Loss

In a recent study done by Penn State a group of dieters were put into the following groups - no exercise, aerobic exercise only or aerobic and weight lifting. They discovered that they all lost around 21 pounds, but the weight lifters lost more fat than those that didn't lift weights. Why is this? The weight lifters lost pure fat but the other groups lost fat and muscle.

Additional research has shown that dieters that don't lift lose 75% of fat and 25% of their muscle. Losing muscle will drop your weight on the scales but you're more likely to gain back the fat you've lost. On the other hand weight training as you diet will help protect your hard-earned muscle while burning fat.

2. Toned Body

Studies show that you lose 10% of your body's total muscle between the ages of 30 and 50. Over time this muscle is replaced by fat. Your waist size increases because one pound of fat will take up to 18% more space than one pound of muscle.

3. Improves Flexibility, Stability and Balance

As we grow older we lose muscle mass which often leads to weight gain, loss of balance and stability. Weight training will work your joints through a range of motion, which will help maintain flexibility and strength keeping you more stable on your feet.

4. Stress Buster

Sweat it out lifting weights and you'll stay cool under pressure. Research has shown that fitter people have lower stress hormones than those who aren't fit. Scientists have discovered that people with more muscle went back to normal quicker than those with less muscle, when put under stress.

5. Feel Good Factor

Studies have shown that both men and women feel good when they lift weights. Over time they start getting stronger and are able to lift heavier weights. This boosts confidence and improves body image. Weight lifting can also assist in managing symptoms of anxiety and depression. A great stress buster!

6. Intelligence Builder

Brazilian researchers found that a program of six months resistance training improved cognitive function. These sessions produced better short and long term memory, verbal reasoning and a longer attention span.

7. Makes You Stronger

The great thing about lifting weights is that is makes everything stronger, not just your muscle and bones. Lifting weight's strengthens connective tissue - ligaments and tendons, these keep your body moving regularly. You'll operate at your best and protect your body from injuries by strengthening your connective tissue.

8. Healthy Heart

In a recent study it showed that people doing a total body weight workout three times a week for two months decreased their diastolic blood pressure (the number on the bottom) on average by eight points. This will help reduce the risk of stroke by 40% and of having a heart attack by 15%.

Better Healthier Life

If you're not doing it already get started today!

© 2015 Helen Bolam


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