5 benefits of weight lifting
We all know the importance of cardio. It can aid in weight loss, reduce stress, give us stronger hearts and lungs and so much more. But, have you ever wondered about the benefits are of weight lifting? Some may be intimidated by it or don’t know enough to start. Here are the reasons why you should incorporate weight lifting into your workout routine.
Blast body fat.
The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. Want to know how to build muscle? Weight training! Muscles help boost your metabolism; therefore, you will burn more calories laying on the couch, sitting at your desk and even sleeping at night. According to Women’s Health, Penn State researchers put dieters into three groups. Between no exercise, cardio only and cardio and weight training, they all lost around 21 pounds. However, those who lifted weights lost six more pounds of fat than those who didn’t lift. The reason is that those who lifted lost almost all fat, while other participants lost fat and muscle.
When you start weight training, it’s easy to get discouraged when you struggle to pick up the 10-pound dumbbell when other gym goers are curling 25 pounds. However, you have to remind yourself that they, too, had to start somewhere. Over time, you will see a stength increase that will not only help you in the gym, but outside of it too.
Reshape your body.
If you want to naturally reshape your body, lifting weights is key. Doing cardio won’t reveal a toned physique if there isn’t any muscle underneath. You can control what areas of your body you want to build and by how much, depending on how heavy and frequently you lift.
Decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
As you get older, you naturally lose muscle and bone mass. With weight lifting, you not only strengthen your muscles, but also your bones! Weight training increases bone density, which reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones. You can also increase spinal bone density to build a stronger and healthier spine.
Reduce the risk of injury.
Weight training increases your strength in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. These are important to prevent injury and can relieve pain from osteoarthritis. Strengthening muscles and connective tissue will make injury from daily tasks and routine exercise less likely, and can even improve sports performance
A combination of weight training and cardio will help you lose fat and build muscle.
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