Lifting weights used to have a reputation associated with bulk and brawn. Thankfully the tide has shifted towards a more informed approach about the effects of lifting weights for both men and women. We know more now than ever before about the benefits of strength training and we have compiled a list of 6 reasons you should be lifting weights (if you aren’t already).

Also, we’re going to keep this one short and sweet. We want to get straight to the point without any wordy fluff. Without further ado, here are the 6 reasons you should be lifting weights:

You burn calories while lifting weights.

Like any exercise, while you are performing that exercise, you will burn more calories than you would if you were laying in bed. The more intense your exercise is, the more calories you will burn.

Building muscle through weight lifting increases your metabolism.

Lifting weights increases your muscle mass. It takes more calories to sustain this muscle, so your body will naturally burn more calories the more muscle mass you have.

Strength training can slow the aging process, particularly in the brain.

Need we say more? Keeping the brain healthy throughout life is a top priority!

Lifting weights strengthens your bones and joints, reducing your risk of injuries.

This is important for all ages, but especially people who are getting older. Falls and other injuries become commonplace and lifting weights will keep the body strong and help prevent injuries.

Lifting weights improves heart health.

Lifting weights for just an hour per week can reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, and death. That’s right – lifting weights helps reduce your risk of all death.

Your body continues to burn calories after your weight lifting session. 

In fact, your metabolism may stay elevated for up to 38 hours after lifting weights! This is phenomenal news for anyone trying to lose weight or who just likes to eat food.

The Takeaway

There are many reasons to begin and continue a weight lifting regimen. If you’re just starting out, begin slowly and consider hiring a personal trainer who can help you with your form. If you have any chronic illnesses or conditions, make sure you discuss this with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. If lifting weights is not your thing, check out this post about ways to add exercise into your healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned for more information coming up to help you on your health and wellness journey!