by: Luke Andrus | Fitness| July 22, 2014
Weight lifting isn’t just for the bodybuilders and powerlifters, it’s for ALL! So if it’s not in your current exercise routine, check out these benefits of strength training that’ll make your body stronger and healthier. Let’s pump some iron!
1. It Builds Muscle
It’s common knowledge that strength training builds muscle. But many people believe that strength training builds the kind of muscle that they are NOT looking for. One of the most common things I hear as a trainer is:
Guess what? There’s no difference between “bulky” muscle and “lean” muscle. If you have seen someone who has put on fat while building muscle, then chances are they have gained fat because of their diet rather than the training.
Focus on eating clean and train hard with heavier weights—you’ll see more muscle tone and less fat. Which brings us to our next benefit of strength training…
2. It Burns Fat
More muscle means less fat! For every pound of muscle you gain, your body can burn an extra 30-50 calories a day! This means that with just three more pounds of muscle, you can burn up to 150 calories per day without doing a thing
3. It Can Prevent Injury
Because of the concentration on core that strength training requires, you’re less prone to injury. So for those out there who say they don’t want to strength train because they’ll hurt themselves, they should be strength training so they DON’T hurt themselves.
4. It Can Increase Bone Density
It’s true. Weight-bearing exercises can work to prevent and even reverse bone deterioration in those who suffer from decreased bone density.
Building muscle can help prevent osteoporosis! For women, this is extremely important. A woman can lose up 30% of bone density after menopause and then around 1% each following year.
5. You’ll Be Proud of Yourself
Getting stronger makes you believe in yourself!
When I say “proud,” I don’t mean for you to think that you are better than anyone else. That kind of pride is dangerous. I mean the kind of pride that makes you believe that you can accomplish anything. No one ever accomplished a record-breaking physical feat without believing themselves!
We dare you! Adopt a strength training program and push yourself to the limit for two months. If you don’t feel stronger, more energetic, and better about your body, then go back to the light weights.
You must break borders to build new ones. Push yourself to the limit and discover your true strength!