Originally published on theoddysseyonline.com
For most people, their idea of a workout doesn't involve weight training. There's a common misconception that weight training is just for the fitness-obsessed, but that's far from the truth. In this article, Atlanta-based personal trainer David Reagan shares seven big reasons to practice weight training in addition to other forms of physical activity.
Simply put, anyone can do weight training.
Just because a person runs doesn't mean they're going to do a marathon; they can run lightly for fun. The same goes for weight training. Like any form of exercise, it can be toned down or increased to fit any person's needs.
You don't have to be a fitness guru or training for some sort of fitness event to do it. In fact, there are many benefits that weight training has to offer.
1. It Strengthens Your Bones
While you shouldn't quit taking your daily calcium supplement, weight training can strengthen your bones.
By stressing your bones, it can actually strengthen them over time, which can decrease your chances of breaking them. It also reduces the risk of you developing osteoporosis.
2. Slows Your Aging
There's no need to waste your money on anti-aging serums and creams when weight training can help slow the aging process down.
It does this by improving your brain function, which can keep you thinking clearly for years to come. The exercising can also increase your energy levels and insulin resistance.
3. Decreases Fat Reserves
Exercising, in general, helps to burn fat and build lean muscle, but especially weight training.
Over time, our bodies lose muscle mass, but strength training with weights helps to maintain it.
Lifting weights also helps you increase your metabolism, which can help you burn calories more efficiently throughout the rest of the day.
4. Strengthens Muscles
Think of all the times strength would have helped you; everything from moving and hauling heavy furniture around to carrying in a week's worth of groceries is easier when you have the strength for it.
Weight training is made for building up and strengthening your muscles over time. Even if you start small, you can gradually increase it until you're at a place that you're happy with.
5. Can Lower Blood Pressure
Of course, when you exercise there are many benefits; you lose weight, strengthen your body, and improve your overall health. This can ultimately lower high blood pressure in a person.
However, it's important to consult your doctor before starting a weight training or any exercise regimen.
6. Reduces Risk of Injury
When you exercise regularly and build up your strength and bone density, it helps prevent future injuries.
That means you're less likely to pull something by simply bending over or suffer a break from a small fall.
7. Makes You Feel Great
It'll boost your energy levels over time, and you will experience bursts of serotonin, which is a chemical in your brain that makes you feel happy.
So, ultimately, by losing weight, strengthening your body, and improving your health, you're more likely to feel your best.
About David Reagan:
David Reagan is a NASM Certified personal trainer who specializes in weight loss, personalized workout plans, bodybuilding, and nutrition. He caters to high-end clients and executives in Atlanta, Georgia, helping them achieve their fitness goals by accommodating their busy schedules. The client's needs come first, and David's fitness plan will set you up on the path to success.