All of my coaching clients know I’m a big fan of weight training for body transformation. Lifting weights is definitely not just for bodybuilders!
Everyone can – and should – do some kind of strength training. If you’re still unsure about it, allow me to convince you with these health-based reasons to weight train.
Build Important Lean Tissue
Lifting weights or doing any kind of strength training encourages your body to build lean tissue (muscle). Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll bulk up.
That kind of muscular look takes years of seriously hard work in the gym and a very specific approach to nutrition. Lifting moderate weights a few times a week will result in a stronger, leaner body with more muscle and less fat. And that’s incredibly healthy.
The issue of building lean tissue becomes even more important as we age. Did you know that we lose muscle mass at a rate of 4-8% per decade after the age of 30? (1)
You could lose 30% of your muscle mass over your lifetime – but lifting weights can slow or even stop this process. Strength training is an anti-ageing miracle!
Strengthen Bone Density
Weight training is also great for your skeletal tissue, resulting in stronger, denser bones.
This is obviously important for women who are at higher risk of osteoporosis, but it should be a point of interest for everyone.
Challenge your body and it will repay you by staying stronger, fitter, and healthier well into old age.
A Higher Metabolic Rate
Your metabolic rate is a complex thing, but it includes the amount of energy your body expends just moving around during daily life.
When you do weight training, your body has more muscle tissue, and muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat.
This means your body will burn more calories all the time, not just when you are training. This small but significant increase in metabolic rate can keep you leaner year on year.
Develop A Better Posture
The things we do every day can leave us with a pretty poor posture. Driving, desk work, looking at our phones… you know what I mean.
Lifting weights is a fantastic way to retrain your body into a better posture, as well as strengthen the muscles involved in good posture.
You can tell that someone strength-trains just by looking at them!
Learn New Skills
When was the last time you learned something brand-new, from scratch?
It’s an empowering feeling, but so many of us lose it when we leave education.
Do yourself a favour and learn how to lift weights.
I bet you’ll enjoy the technical aspect which challenges your brain as well as your body.
New Levels Of Self-Confidence
Lifting weights gives you the opportunity to succeed every time you train!
There’s no feeling quite like lifting something you thought was beyond you. Like all exercise, strength training releases “happy hormones” endorphins, dopamine and serotonin.
Lifting weights is empowering, exciting, and amazing for your confidence.
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