13 reasons to lift weights

Weights training has got a bad rap for a long time.

The most common reason people are afraid to use weights is because

  1. They don’t know what they are doing.
  2. Feelings of intimidation and embarrassment.
  3. They are afraid they will get big muscles

However he benefits lifting weights as part of your exercise program are so important to your health and well-being.

Yet they are overlooked by so many.

13 benefits of strength training

  1. When we train we release endorphins. This make us feel good about ourselves and confident.
  2. We increase our muscle mass. This in turn increases our metabolism and body image. Muscle burns 15 times more calories than fat therefore making it easier to control our body weight.
  3. It has a positive effect on our hormonal balance.
  4. Helps promote a more balanced autonomic nervous system.
  5. Improved insulin sensitivity and better blood sugar control.
  6. It protects our joints
  7. Increases the strength of our bones helping to prevent against osteoporosis later in life.
  8. Improves our heart heath and reduces blood pressure.
  9. Helps keep the brain more focused and alert.
  10. Increases Brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). This helps protect the existing neurons and promotes the growth of new neurons and synapses. BDNF also plays a role in strengthening cells and axons, makes stronger connections between neurons and encourages neurogenesis which increases the brains learning ability.
  11. Prevents muscle atrophy.
  12. Reduces free-radical damage in the body
  13. Controls inflammation within the body.

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