For many, the mere thought of weightlifting/resistance training can be enough to discourage them from grabbing onto a bar. Many people are quick to associate weightlifting with ONLY body building, or as something reserved for people who want a hyper-muscular look. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Weightlifting ISN’T just for the body builders, it is something that benefits every person, man or woman!
So, what are these benefits you ask? Let’s have a look…
Helps Stabilise Your Body-
Your body has several stabilising muscles, connective tissues and tendons that are worked out every time you lift a weight. These stabilising muscles, tissues and tendons are the ones that help you keep upright and take care of everyday motor tasks such as balancing on one foot, or stopping yourself from slipping down a flight of stairs.
In addition, it will decrease injury risk and keep you standing strong all day long.
Improves Bone Density:
As you age, your body begins to lose its bone density which can lead to osteoporosis. However, weightlifting is a way to directly fight against osteoporosis and build stronger bones for a pain free and stronger life. Just as muscles adapt to weightlifting and get stronger, so do the bones, and with each weight your bones will become stronger and more durable.
Builds Lean Muscle:
If the ‘toned body with lean muscle’ look is what you are going for, then weights are you answer! Without weightlifting or some sort of resistance training you won’t be challenging enough of the proper muscles that enhance the shape your body or build up enough fat free mass.
The specific type II muscle fibers targeted with weight training increases whole body metabolism to help you burn more calories throughout your day even when you aren’t working out!
Improves Your Sport Performance:
Whatever sport you play, weightlifting can up your game. Weightlifting improves dexterity, endurance and hand eye coordination as well as overall fitness and muscle strength. All of which are necessary to be the top of your game!
Lower Risk of Diabetes and Blood Pressure:
The National Institute of Health published that men who lifted weights for 150 minutes each week had a 34% lower risk of diabetes, and adding a cardiovascular exercise lowered the risk even more to 59%.
In addition researchers at the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, found that after 45 minutes of moderate intensity strength training could lead to a 20% decrease in blood pressure. The study also found that this increased blood flow persisted for about 30 minutes after the end of a training session and continued for as long as 24 hours in people who trained regularly 30-45 minutes a few times a week.
Overall Quality of Life Improves:
Not only does your health skyrocket, but you will also feel more confident and happy! Strength training helps you manage your weight, combats anxiety, depression, stress, increases brain productivity and improves the quality of your sleep. Feeling physically strong and capable leads to optimum mental strength!
These are just scratching the surface of the benefits that weightlifting has to offer! If you still need some persuasion, schedule a consultation with one of our qualified and passionate Roar PT’s to help give you a better look into weightlifting!