Want a reason to start lifting weights? Here are 5!
We all have seen cover models of fitness magazines glowing with their buff and chiseled bodies. Whether or not this may motivate you to hit the gym, you’ll be happy to hear that not only can weightlifting improve your overall body composition but it can also improve your overall health and happiness. Recent studies have found that beyond muscle mass increase, there are many other benefits to weight training.
Get your weights ready, here is a list of the 5 reasons why you should pump some iron:
Beyond the physical aspect, lifting weights has also been linked to improving your mental health according to The Huffington Post. Studies by Patrick J. O’Connor, PhD show that strength training reduces anxiety and depression symptoms, improves self-esteem and can boost your overall brainpower.
Burn More Calories
Your muscle mass largely determines your metabolic rate according to Fitness Magazine, also known as the rate in which you burn calories. Therefore, by having a larger muscle mass on your frame, you use more energy, your metabolic rate increases and essentially you burn more calories.
Most of the physical actions you take while performing with weights, such as arm curls, requires muscles around your bones to pull. When this happens you increase bone density by creating new bone cells and potentially causing new bone to build based on reports from Professor Earl Mindell and Virginia Hopkins in Prescription Alternatives.
Ease Joint Pain
When you lift weights you are strengthening your muscle strength so these stronger muscles are able to hold your joints in a better position lessening the chance of an injury as shown in reports by Holly Perkins, CSCS.
Many are unaware of the fact that a 30-45 minute moderate-intensity workout using weights actually increases your heart rate, thus counting as a cardiovascular exercise lowering your blood pressure over time according to studies by Appalachian State University.
This article is for informational purposes only. Nothing in it should be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult with your medical provider regarding diagnosis or treatment for a health condition, including decisions about the correct medication for your condition, as well as prior to undertaking any specific exercise or dietary routine.