Ten Benefits of Weight Lifting

People often start lifting weights for the most obvious reason – gaining strength. While gaining strength and building muscle are incredible benefits, various benefits improve your body, physically and mentally, on a deeper level. Do you, or a friend, need more convincing as to why you should start lifting heavy things? Continue reading!

Benefits of Weight Training

Improves Sleep Quality

Getting enough sleep is essential and something many people struggle with. Less than 40% of Americans get at least seven hours of sleep per night which is the minimum amount recommended for most adults. Lifting weights can improve sleep quality and make it easier to fall asleep each night. One study on older adults showed that weight training helped improve their sleep quality by 38%!

Boosts Metabolism

When you have a slow metabolism, losing or maintaining weight can be challenging, but weight training improves your metabolism by building lean muscle, which requires more energy to sustain itself. Lifting weights stimulates muscle growth, and muscles are metabolically active tissues. This means that even when resting, they burn more calories than fat tissues.

Injury Prevention

Strength training helps prevent injuries by improving the muscles, tendons, and joints’ overall strength, stability, and resilience. It enhances the body’s structural integrity, making it more resistant to stress and strain. Weight training is often included in rehabilitation programs to rebuild strength and mobility after an injury or surgery.

Improves Bone Density

When you perform strength training exercises, it creates stress on your bones. This stress stimulates bone cells called osteoblasts, which are responsible for bone formation. In response to the stress, osteoblasts become more active and deposit new bone tissue, increasing bone density and strength. Over time, the repetitive loading and stress from strength training signal the body to continuously adapt and reinforce the bones, making them denser and less prone to fractures.

Improves Mental Health

Exercise, in general, releases endorphins which are natural mood boosters. Regular weight training can reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Depression, situational or chronic, affects over 350 million people worldwide. Weight training won’t solve all your problems, but working on your physical health by picking up heavy things and putting them down again helps people manage their depression.

Easier Daily Life

Functional strength refers to the ability to perform everyday tasks and activities efficiently and quickly and reduce the risk of injury. Lifting weights helps improve functional strength, which enables you to do activities you do in your life, like climbing stairs, carrying groceries, picking up your children, balancing on a ladder, and pushing and pulling activities like opening doors.

Happier Heart

Most people correlate improving your heart health with cardio. Still, there is ever-growing evidence that strength training also helps reduce the risks of heart disease and improve heart health for people already suffering from cardiovascular disease. You can improve your heart health when lifting weights, like HIIT, is performed at a high intensity.

As you weight train over time, you become more confident in yourself in various ways. You’ll become more confident in your physical appearance, strength, mental well-being, and more! You may feel self-conscious when you start this incredible journey, but over time, you’ll realize how awesome and powerful you are and will be!

Enhances Athletic Performance

Strength training improves athletic performance by increasing strength, power, speed, and muscular endurance. By targeting specific muscles and movements relevant to the sport, athletes can optimize their performance and achieve better results in strength, speed, and overall athletic ability. No matter what type of athlete you are, from long-distance runners to swimmers, strength training will make you a better athlete!

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