here’re so many benefits of weight training that have a huge impact on your physical/mental health, daily life and so much more. Here I will list some of my personal favorites when it comes to weight training being beneficial to our lives, in no particular order. .
- Building muscle mass
Let’s just start off with the obvious one and the reason why a lot of people get into weight training. Building extra muscle mass is hugely important when it comes to our daily lives. Amongst other things, it helps us perform daily tasks better, burn more fat daily and the confidence of feeling good in our own skin.
- Muscles and bones become stronger
We’re not just talking about getting stronger but we’re also talking about being less injury prone. The heavy weights you’re lifting force your body to adapt and one the ways it does that is by strengthening the muscles and creating better bone density. The latter being very beneficial for people who struggle with injuries and/ or breaking bones.
- Fighting of chronic diseases
This is a huge factor, especially now a days where so many people sit behind a desk and eat shitty processed foods all day long. Being able to lower your body fat and giving your body a way of releasing energy is huge when it comes to fighting the battle against diabetes, bulimia etc.. The ability of your muscles to store glucose increases with your strength, making your body better able to regulate its blood sugar levels, which helps fight off diabetes.
- Feeling happier
Weight/ resistance training doesn’t just give you the physical benefits, it also provides you with very important mental benefits too. Almost every single person that joins our gym tells me that by reaching their goals through weight training they will feel happier. This doesn’t just mean being happier with how you look in the mirror but also being able to striving and reaching a personal goal. Combine this with all the endorphins that your body releases during/ after your workouts and you won’t be able to wipe that good feeling from your mind.
- Have more energy
This comes back to my last point, by accomplishing a goal and getting a task done like lifting weights or getting through a tough workout you will get a feeling that you have won a battle and you can do anything that day. This is all because of the blood you’re pumping through your body, that will allow for your body to bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles and also because you’re working towards your goal. Whether you win the day in the morning, get it done during lunch time or win the battle after work, you will feel a such a rush of adrenaline that will leave you more energized than tired.
- Looking better in the mirror
Let’s be honest this one can definitely not stay of this list. Everyone that does some type of weight training enjoys looking better in the mirror even if it’s not their main goal.
- Flexible and functional body
Weight training will keep your muscles moving and by doing that you will keep your muscles/ body from becoming stiff. By doing weight training you build up the capacity to perform daily tasks that other people can’t, either because their bodies are too stiff, unflexible or just not strong enough. Think of picking heavier objects up of the floor and being able to carry your groceries to the car.
- Being able to sleep better
So many people struggle with falling asleep at night. Multiple studies have shown that any form of working out has a huge effect on your falling asleep abilities. The higher your intensity is the better you sleep (that doesn’t mean that longer you workouts are better).
- Having more confidence
This has been one of the biggest factors that weightlifting has brought to my life. Being able to walk a little bit taller, with a lot more confidence in myself and my body has been a huge change into my mental state each day. This is not about cockiness but just having a better and more positive self image.
- Being mentally stronger
Weight training helps us gain more grit, determination and perseverance. When we get into high-intensity situations, we have a choice, we can either stop everything and try to return to our comfort level, or decide that this level of discomfort is worth the reward. That decision, that it’s worth persisting through that uncomfortable situation is what contributes greatly to being successful in other situations and parts of our lives.
There’re so many other qualities that I have left out for now that are worth mentioning, but that will be for another blog.
If you’re not working out yet, I hope these reasons show you that by working out you will be able to positively impact your life in so many different ways!
Stay positive and keep it moving.
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