1. MORE EFFECTIVE FAT LOSS
Think weightlifting only benefits those who want shirt-ripping arms? Think again.
Although many people consider weightlifting only a means to add size, when contrasted head-to-head against cardiovascular exercise, resistance training comes out on top in the battle to burn calories.
The huge advantage to weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat during and after exercise.
2. MORE MUSCLE, MORE CALORIE EXPENDITURE
As you increase strength and lean muscle mass, your body uses calories more efficiently. Daily muscle contractions from a simple blink to a heavy squat contribute to how many calories you burn in a given day. Sitting burns fewer calories than standing; standing burns fewer than walking, and walking burns fewer than strength training.
As you build muscle, your body begins to take a nice hourglass shape. Though endurance exercise can help you lose weight, that weight comes in the form of both fat and muscle tissue.
If you’re losing both fat and muscle, you can lose those lovely curves as well. Strength training can help create and sustain them.
4. QUALITY SLEEP
Strength training greatly improves sleep quality, aiding in your ability to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake less often during the night.
5. INCREASED ENERGY
As noted above, resistance training causes an increase in energy expenditure hours after you train. Rather than reaching for that early afternoon cup of coffee, grab a barbell.
6. HEART HEALTH
Pumping iron can reduce your risk of heart disease and was approved as a healthy form of exercise for those at risk from the American Heart Association.
7. BONE HEALTH
As you age, you are at risk of losing both bone and muscle mass. Postmenopausal women are at a greater risk for osteoporosis because the body no longer secretes estrogen. Resistance training is an excellent way to combat loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
8. STRESS RELIEF
Exercise in general is a great way to manage stress. those who regularly strength train tend to manage stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations.