Hello divas! I hope that you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a fabulous weekend. It was a pretty good week here in Tennessee with the exception of today which all of a sudden feels like I moved up north. My foot is still healing so there has not been very much working out for me unfortunately. One thing I have been able to continue has been some light weight training. In my years of focusing on a fit and healthy lifestyle, I have come to learn that weight training is a very important part of my cross-training regimen, especially for women. So today I am sharing 8 reasons to lift weights.
Improves fitness level. Lifting weights increases muscle mass and strength which in turn helps all of your other fitness activities. By lifting weights, I have been able to improve my running. It can also help you in every day life – whether it’s helping you keep up with your kids or pets or any other sport that you enjoy.
Burns more fat. Weight training is a great way to burn fat. When you workout, your metabolism staying elevated and you will continue to burn fat after the workout is over. Cardio workouts stop burning fat shortly after it is done, lifting weights continues for hours after you stop.
Increases metabolism. There are many ways to help boost your metabolism. Essentially the less muscle you have the slower your metabolism will be and women especially lose muscle as they age at increasing rates. Lifting weights can help rebuild and save some of these muscles. The more lean muscle you have, the better your metabolism will be.
Decreases depression. I am a big believer that any exercise can help with depression. When you workout, your body releases endorphins. These endorphins make you happier and more content. This includes weight training. It works the same way as cardio in this way.
Reduces injuries and the effects of arthritis. When you weight or resistance train, not only do you increase your muscles and your body’s ability to burn fat but you will also greatly improve your joints, ligaments and tendons. This will help reduce the number of injuries that you get. As a runner, I have had my share and have found that weight training has helped tremendously. Also, arthritis runs in my family so I aim to strengthen these areas so (hopefully) I will not be as affected as I have seen several family members.
Builds strong bones. Every year when I visit the doctor, she asks me if I am consuming enough calcium and doing weight training. Why? Because they help build strong bones. This is super important for women as we are more prone to get osteoporosis when we do not.
Helps your heart. We all know how good exercise is for your heart. But did you know that lifting weights can help your cholesterol? That’s right, weight training will help raise your HDL (good) cholesterol and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Like other exercise, it also can help lower blood pressure. This leads to a healthy heart and hopefully a longer life.
Changes body shape to increase strength and confidence. Lastly, weight training will change the way your body looks for the better. For me, it has helped slim me down and bit and create some new curves which the hubby loves. This leads to not only a stronger body but also boosts your confidence in how you look and feel and helps you in your everyday active activities.Weight training is an important part of any fitness regimen. Here are 8 reasons to lift weights Click To Tweet
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