Benefits of weight lifting
Lifting weights has great health benefits, and investing in good quality equipment is a worthwhile investment in your own health and well-being.
Improve your metabolism – lifting weights builds Type II muscle fibres, and an increase in these has been linked with reduced body fat in the absence of changes to diet and might be effective in the fight against obesity.
Reduce Depression Symptoms – It’s often discussed how cardio exercise (aerobic exercise) such as running or swimming has a positive effect on an individual’s mental well-being. Weight lifting has been shown to be equally effective as a treatment and preventative measure for depression.
Fight Osteoporosis – Lifting weights puts stress on your bones, which compensate by depositing more bone. This may be an effective way to treat osteoporosis, especially in women.
Lower your diabetes risk - managing your weight, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and abstaining from tobacco use are all well known ways of reducing diabetes risk. Less well known is that weight lifting, specifically, has been shown to have a significant correlation with lower diabetes risk.
Improved Body Image – weightlifting is the best way to get a lean, toned, fit body, for both men and women. Cardio is great, but without some form of resistance training to challenge the muscles, you won't get those toned muscles in all the right places.
Prevent Back Pain - Weightlifting helps strengthen the muscles of your core, supporting your spine and lessening the discomfort of back pain.
These are just a few of the great ways that weight lifting can improve your physical and mental well-being.