July 13th, 2009
Whether you’re a workout veteran or are just now trying to start a fitness plan, your workout regime should include not only a fair amount of cardio and flexibility training but weight training as well. No matter your age, lifting weights can help your health and overall fitness in ways that few other workouts can, building muscle and keeping you strong and lean. Still not sold on weight training or think it’s only for muscle bound fitness junkies? These health benefits may have you thinking again.
More muscle means a higher metabolism. Not only will weight training help provide you with more toned and attractive muscles, but that muscle mass will raise your basal metabolism. This means you’ll be burning more calories throughout the day, helping you to lose weight and stay fit.
Building muscle mass can fight the effects of aging. As you age, your body starts to naturally lose muscle mass, starting around thirty years of age. Weight training helps to counteract this decline in muscle, keeping you fit as a fiddle well into your golden years– provided you use good form, however.
It can make everyday activities easier. From carrying groceries to lifting a box off a high shelf, you put your muscles through a lot on a daily basis. When they’re stronger it makes just about everything you do a little bit easier and less likely to result in injury.
It can reduce chronic aches and pains. Sometimes, those little everyday aches and pains are the result of weak or underused muscles. Through weight training you can make these muscles stronger so they’ll hurt less and leave you feeling better.
A stronger body is a less injury-prone body. You’re much more likely to hurt yourself through exertion if you got strong muscles throughout your body. Whether you sit at a desk all day or work outside in the elements, this is a great asset for your overall health and fitness.
If you’ve shied away from weight training because you’re intimidated or never thought it could be for you maybe now is the time to reconsider. By building muscle, you’ll be increasing your athletic ability, overall fitness and performance in just about everything you do each day that involves movement.
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