Sometimes it can be daunting, walking into a gym and seeing big heavy weights being lifted all around you, however, lifting weights is a must. There are so many different benefits to lifting weights that sometimes fly under the radar. Let’s take a look.
Muscle mass takes up less room than fat does, so lifting weights will help you reduce fat and turn that unwanted fat into muscle. This will mean you’re losing inches off your body while also becoming stronger and leaner at the same time.
Did you know that lifting weights can reduce your stress levels? Hitting the weight room for as little as 10 minutes can give you release and clear your head. Doing this can help you feel better heading back to work or to start your day with a clear mind.
Double as Cardio
Not only do weights help you in the muscle mass gain, they can actually double down as a cardio session. It sounds hard to believe, but hear me out! If you can add some leg work that will lift your heart rate and then you have your cardio for the day as well. They can intertwine and give you the best chance at reaching your fitness goals.
Bone strength is also a massive plus when it comes to weight lifting. Not only do your muscles grow stronger, but your bones will also benefit big time. It can also reduce the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis later in life, and can also reduce your injury risk, meaning your body can take more hits if you play a contact sport, giving you the confidence to attack a contest hard in football for example.
It might sound funny, but you’ll actually see an improvement in your running across the board. You’ll see that your core is able to sustain longer runs and better form thanks to your weight training. More muscle mass obviously means more of an ability to train for longer periods of time, with your muscles being able to sustain more vigorous activity and with more torching muscle fibers fueling your runs.