The Health Benefits Of Weight Training 💪
Wanna up your fitness game? Here’s why weight training might just be the one for you.
Did you know that lifting weights can also lift your spirits? 😊 Regular exercise has been proven to produce endorphins in the body - making you feel happier, but it can also help with depressive symptoms. This study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that resistance exercise training, such as weightlifting and strength training, can significantly reduce symptoms of depression.
When people want to lose weight they often go straight to cardio, but this is not always the correct way to go about it. Not only does weight training burn a lot of calories during the workout, it carries on way after the workout has finished. Plus, the more muscle you put on your body, the more calories you burn just doing nothing (maintaining), so you’ll be able to eat more and still lose weight.
Those endorphins we wrote about before? They’ll help relieve stress too! So, if you’re having a bad day don’t take it out on yourself, take it out on the weights. 💪
Strengthening your back muscles can help with your posture which is really important as you get older. Maintaining a healthy spine can prevent back pain which, let’s face it, as you’re spending a lot of time hunched over your laptop in a library you could definitely benefit from.
Adding weight training to you workouts can help strengthen all parts of your body (including your heart - added bonus). Strong joints, ligaments, and tendons are important to prevent injury and can relieve pain from osteoarthritis.
if you’re just getting started, weight training can feel like a bit of a scary concept, but trust us - once you start you’ll only get better. It doesn’t matter what weight you start from as long as you’re suitably challenging yourself, you’re on the right track. Just remember to eat a healthy balanced diet rich in protein to help keep your muscles healthy.