When I began training in the gym with a personal trainer, he started me on a weight-lifting routine. Ignorantly, I complained, using the excuses that I don’t want to get big, and that only men should lift weights.
My trainer laughed at me, and quickly squashed these myths as soon as they came out my mouth. Turns out, there are countless benefits to a weightlifting regimen – and it’s something both men and women should work into their training schedule!
I learned that there are a number of reasons why everyone should pick up some weights. I’ll let you in on them.
Ten reasons why everyone should lift weights
#1: Muscle takes up less space in your body than fat
Because muscle is denser than fat, it takes up less space in your body. Lifting weights will help you turn the fat in your body into muscle, and thus help you lose centimetres.
#2: You can lift weights anywhere
You don’t need a gym, a treadmill, a park or even a trail to lift weights. If you have dumbbells, you can use body-weight exercise that require no equipment at all and work just as well at toning your body.
#3: Strength helps you build balance
You’ll improve your balance through practising some form of strength training.
#4: You can do more when you have strong muscles
Whether you want to simply be able to rearrange your house or open tight jars for yourself (I view that as some sort of accomplishment!), strength training will allow you to have fun and stay active without having to call someone to help you.
#5: Muscle uses more energy than fat
The best way to explain this is also the simplest: You can use muscle as you move, but you cannot use fat. When you talk or walk or lift, you engage your muscles. In doing so, you also expend energy. Even when doing nothing at all, muscle is burning more calories than fat is. Granted, it’s a small amount, but it still counts.
#6: Lifting weights lowers your stress levels
This is my personal opinion, but still. When life is going faster than I can handle, I start lifting. It doesn’t have to be for a long amount of time. You can fit in a ten-minute session before work or after dinner. I promise you – it helps your mind feel a bit calmer.
#7: Lifting can double as a cardio session
My trainer tells me that I should always get in three days of weightlifting and two days of cardio a week. However, he also says that they don’t have to be separate workouts. So now, my simple rule is to mix in some legs with pretty much any weight session. Try it out for yourself – you’ll see your heartrate climb and, boom, cardio!
#8: Weight training helps you sleep better
Active adults sleep better after doing things during the day that are exhausting. I doubt most people would continue to have sleeping issues if they stayed active and had a great weightlifting session that day!
#9: Lifting helps strengthen your bones
Weight training along with running and a healthy diet is the best way to develop strong bones. WebMD even lists it as the best way to curb osteoporosis. Why wait until it’s an issue? Start strengthening your bones now!
#10: Weight training is the ultimate healthy habit
The healthiest daily thing you can do for yourself is go lift. Make it a routine; make it habitual. Lift weights for your looks, your health, and your longetivity.
Lift weights honestly and consistently and you’ll be rewarded… I promise