5 reasons to pick up those weights

5-reasons

What’s your excuse for not lifting weights?

“I don’t want to look muscular”,  “I like being roly poly”, “I don’t have the time”, “I don’t know how to use the weights”, “It’s boring”. If this sounds like you, then read on as to why you need to lift those weights–and pronto!

  1. Lose that fat and cellulite
    Weight training 2-3 times/week for 8 weeks improves muscle function and builds 2 pounds of lean muscle while losing 4 pounds of fat. Also, resting metabolism increases with weight training that will help burn 35-50 more calories daily per pound of muscle gained. So ignore the myth that women bulk up with weight lifting, as women have very low levels of testosterone needed to bulk up.
  2. Improve bone density and fight arthritis
    Research shows that weight training increases spinal bone mineral density by 13% in 6 months. Strength training can help people with arthritis function better and reduce stiffness and pain. Say goodbye to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis as you age.
  3. Reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease
    Weight training improves glucose utilization by the body, thereby reducing the risk for diabetes. Weights, in addition to cardio, improve cholesterol and blood pressure, fighting heart disease in the future.
  4. Better athlete
    Weight training strengthens the muscles and joints which in turn will help to improve running and physical abilities. Also, there is reduced risk of injury at any age.
  5. Better you
    If you think weight training is just for the body, think again. Weight lifting increases strength by 40%; that makes daily activities a breeze! Also, serotonin and endorphins, the feel good hormones, are released. These hormones are proven to reduce depression symptoms, improve confidence and self-esteem, and reduce anxiety & sensitivity to pain.There is no excuse that justifies ignoring weights at the gym. Sign up for the group classes at your local gym or hire a personal trainer to guide you through the basics if you are starting now. There are a lot of programs available online for full body weight training, but exercise caution as poor stance during the movements may cause more injury than good. So learn the basics first and then continue at home.Go ahead, have fun with the weights; you won’t regret it!

 

DSC00479Deepthi Mundra is a travel and adventure junkie. She has travelled and worked on four continents. A dentist by profession and a Cross Fit enthusiast, she’s constantly planning her next travel adventure. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and a seven year-old daughter, with another one on the way.

 

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