Weights training has got a bad rap for a long time.
The most common reason people are afraid to use weights is because
- They don't know what they are doing.
- Feelings of intimidation and embarrassment.
- They are afraid they will get big muscles
However he benefits lifting weights as part of your exercise program are so important to your health and well-being.
Yet they are overlooked by so many.
13 benefits of strength training
- When we train we release endorphins. This make us feel good about ourselves and confident.
- We increase our muscle mass. This in turn increases our metabolism and body image. Muscle burns 15 times more calories than fat therefore making it easier to control our body weight.
- It has a positive effect on our hormonal balance.
- Helps promote a more balanced autonomic nervous system.
- Improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control.
- It protects our joints
- Increases the strength of our bones helping to prevent against osteoporosis later in life.
- Improves our heart heath and reduces blood pressure.
- Helps keep the brain more focused and alert.
- Increases Brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). This helps protect the existing neurons and promotes the growth of new neurons and synapses. BDNF also plays a role in strengthening cells and axons, makes stronger connections between neurons and encourages neurogenesis which increases the brains learning ability.
- Prevents muscle atrophy.
- Reduces free-radical damage in the body
- Controls inflammation within the body.