The Weight Lifting Advantage

Everyone’s heard it’s beneficial to lift weights, but did you know lifting weights will helps you get into shape fast. Exercise gurus claim to see quick results, each week include two 20-minute weight lifting routines on top of your normal cardio workouts. To find another ten reasons why you should start pumping iron, keep reading.

  • Allows for New Routines. Weight lifting doesn’t get boring, because in order to keep surprising your body, you change your routine: You change the parts of the body you train, the number of reps, the exercise order, the weight level, the time you rest, and so forth.  
  • Allows for Multi-joint Benefits. Many weight lifting exercises help you work on more than one part of the body at the same time. For instance, when you bench press you work your pectorals, front deltoids, triceps, and latissimus dorsi (lats).
  • Encourages Sleep and Immunity. Exercising automatically improves your sleep, and the by-product of a good night’s sleep is better immunity.
  • Improves Your Energy Level. As you gain muscle and lose weight, you’ll have more energy and be stronger, fitter, and more toned.
  • Offers Numerous Health Benefits. Weight lifting increases your HDL “good” cholesterol, and it reduces your risk of diabetes. It also reduces breast cancer, lowers your blood pressure, and lessens your chances for cardiovascular disease.
  • Prevents Muscle loss. If you’re a woman, as early as your twenties, you start to lose a half pound of muscle each year, and, after your thirties, you lose 3-5% of your muscle mass every ten years. Men also lose muscle as they age but not at the same rate as women. However, whether you’re male or female, you don’t have to let that happen because if you pump iron, you’ll build bone mass and strengthen your body.
  • Produces Results. Weight lifting helps tone, tighten, and strengthen your body, and you’ll see those kinds of results quicker with weight lifting than any other type of exercise.
  • Promotes Joint Strength. Lifting weights helps get rid of bad knees, stiff necks, and limited joint movement. It promotes joint strength and that helps you move easier and feel better.
  • Reduces Your Risk of Injury. When you perform exercises that promote a full range of motion you gain flexibility. You also gain strong muscles. That means your ligaments and tendons can withstand more stress as you go about your daily life.
  • Revs up your resting metabolic rate. According to the exerpts, the biggest mistake people make when they start an exercise program is to only do cardio and diet. If you lose weight, and if you aren’t strength training, you’re losing muscle along with the fat, and muscle is what helps burn fat.  In fact, when you gain muscle, your body becomes a fat-burning machine, which means you’ll lose more weight quicker. For ever three pounds of muscle you put on, you’ll improve your Basal Metabolic Rate by 7%, which means you’ll burn almost 100 extra calories each day. If you keep at it, weight lifting can increase your Basal Metabolic Rate by 15%, which means you could lose an extra 300 calories a day just sitting around.

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