Weightlifting, exercising with weights or whatever you want to call it has far more benefits than just adding muscle. The stereotype for most people when they think of using weights in the gym, is the ‘meat head’ in the nipple vest that stares at everyone, grunts with every rep and judges everyone else. This stereotype couldn’t be much further from the truth 90% of the time. The gym is an environment for EVERYONE, those that are working as hard as physically possible and those not working quite so hard. There are a number of different ways to ‘move weights around’ in order to accomplish different goals. Someone lifting heavy weight for minimal reps with longer rest periods is obviously training for strength and size. The person performing their exercises as a circuit with lighter weight and minimal rest periods is trying to increase muscular endurance and burn more calories potentially (lifting heavy weight also burns a lot!). That being said, what you achieve from weight training completely depends on the way you train and how you eat and believe me, building quality, natural muscle takes YEARS. So, lets take a look at the benefits of weight training.
Increases HDL - High Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol).
Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
Lower high blood pressure.
Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.
These are just SOME of the health benefits of lifting weights! You will also experience an increase in strength (carrying your groceries in will get that much easier), your metabolism will be boosted as the only way to increase your metabolism permanently is to build more muscle, you will experience improved posture, greater flexibility therefore reducing the chance of injury.
Now this part seals the deal. The change in your state of mind! You will experience elevated confidence levels, a positive mindset, reduced levels of stress and, that fear you created within your mind of the gym will evaporate. It will become your greatest friend and your go to when times get tough.
So with all this being said, lifting weights could genuinely transform your life! Put your fears to the side, they’re not real; they’re creating a barrier between you and your self-betterment. If you are unsure on what you need to do, that’s what myself and Scott are here for!
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