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Friday, October 5, 2012

Why You Should Lift Weights

Lift Weights

Is weight lifting part of your workout routine? If not, it should be. Here are a few reasons why:

You’ll lose fat more quickly: Most people think that cardio is the only way to go when it comes to losing weight. But, that’s not completely true. Cardio can and will definitely help you stay in shape, but if you lift weights, you’ll build muscle. It’s important to build some muscle in your body because it’s been proven that muscle will help your body burn more calories throughout the day.  

It’s good for your bones: If you’re consistent with lifting weights, it’s been shown that it can help you maintain bone mass and in some cases build some bone mass. So important as you get older!

You’ll eat healthier: Okay, so this one isn’t a guarantee. But think about it – if you’re putting in all the effort to lift weights a few times per week, you’ll be more inclined to watch what you eat. You won’t want to squander all that work on junk food. 

It makes you strong: Yes, it’s obvious that the more you train with weights, the more weight you’ll be able to lift. But, your body won’t only be strong when you’re in the gym, your body will be strong for other activities, like housework, shopping or playing sports. Lifting weights helps you become more physically fit, which carries over into other areas of your life.

It helps with flexibility: It’s been said that one of the things that ages people is loss of flexibility. If you lose flexibility, you can’t move as well and you may not be able to enjoy or do everyday activities. Building muscle helps keeps your joints healthy and helps you maintain a good range of motion. Losing muscle is one of the contributing factors to loss of flexibility, arthritis and more.

It can help with stress: Stress is no good for your body – it can have detrimental effects on your blood pressure, heart, happiness and more. Weight lifting can help provide stress relief and have boost your overall mood.

It’s never too late to start a weight lifting routine. You’ll feel stronger, more confident about yourself and be healthier. 

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  1. I love finding different exercises with weights on Pinterest.

  2. Same here! That's a great place to find new exercises. I've also had some luck with the videos on Comcast On Demand -- I've picked up some good 10-minute routines.