Why You Need to Lift Weights
Anyone who does it regularly knows: lifting weight is fun and rewarding. In fact, many of my clients say it’s their favourite part of a workout. Once you get your form down, you’ll find it may be the thing that helps you see the biggest changes in your body. Here’s how lifting weights can benefit you:
Weight training increases lean muscle, and therefore metabolism. The more muscles to move, the more calories we are burning.
You’re less likely to get injured. Being able to move well in basic functional movements with weight helps you move better in life, for example, picking your kids up, carrying those groceries home, etc.
Many people think cardio is the key to staying lean, but those who strength train three days per week achieve that lean look faster than those who train with just cardio six days per week because they are building lean muscle. This gives shape to the muscle but also allows you to burn more calories up to 24 hours after the workout.
As we age, after a certain age, we lose half a pound of muscle mass each year. If you find you are one of those people who is eating the same as you always have but are gaining weight, this is why. Weight training builds and maintains this lean muscle.
Your bones will get stronger. Bone mass begins to decline gradually with age, but women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. Weight training builds bone density.
Weight training is fun and measurable. You will see fast gains in strength, giving you a feeling of achievement and confidence that will keep you motivated to train.
Weight training strengthens the mind. Exercise releases endorphins which boost your mood and relieve stress.