The benefits of weightlifting are many and exist for all those who take part. Lifting weights is not going to turn you into a bodybuilder. It is not going to give you freaky muscles unless that becomes your ultimate goal. It will give you a fit body both inside and out.
Here are the major benefits of weightlifting that can be experienced by anyone who puts forth consistent effort.
- Builds Stronger Muscles Perform a weightlifting regimen at least three times per week and you will build stronger muscles. The regimen should focus on all areas and muscles of the body. Don’t worry about building your muscles too large, as it takes years of hard, intense training to develop bulging muscles. What you will build are lean, strong muscles that make you look fit and athletic.
- Builds Stronger Bones The benefits of weightlifting extend to the bones of your body. Your bones grow stronger along with your muscles with consistent resistance training. For those over 50, lifting light weights is a great way to fight the effects of osteoporosis.
- Burns Fat Not only do you burn calories while working out, but the addition of lean muscle mass to your body increases your metabolic rate. This is the rate at which your body burns calories throughout the day. With a faster metabolism, your body burns more calories, and thus more fat, all throughout the day, even while sleeping.
- Improves self-esteem The benefits of weightlifting can be psychological as well. As you become fit, you begin to like what is staring back at you in the mirror. In addition, as you complete each day's routine, you get a feeling of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment continues to grow as you see your body transforming each day, each week and each month.
- Decreases Likelihood of Developing Various Disease In addition to osteoporosis, the benefits of weightlifting extend to the prevention of several serious illnesses. While weightlifting alone will not prevent these diseases, a regular workout regimen will aid in the prevention of the following illnesses: auto-immune disorders, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, diabetes (adult onset).
- Increases Energy As your muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance increases, you will find that you have much more energy. You will feel less sluggish during the day sleep better at night. With better sleep, less fat weighing you down and in a better mood, you will have more pep in your step and can make it through the day without it feeling like such a grind.
- Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Weightlifting To experience the benefits of weightlifting, all you need is the desire and discipline to get started. If you are completely new to resistance training, then it is a good idea to consult with a personal trainer and have him or her design a workout for you and take you through it a couple of times before you start out on your own.
Any weight training program can be tailored to your needs and desires. Any program can also be designed to work around any limitations you may have. That means there are no excuses. Once you get going, you will wonder how you ever lived without enjoying the many benefits of weightlifting.