The Amazing Benefits of Weightlifting You Probably Never Knew!
When most people think of weightlifting they think of bodybuilders… but few people associate weightlifting with health benefits beyond merely improving one’s physique. The fact is that weightlifting can increase the length and quality of one’s life in significant ways. With merely 30 to 60 minutes of weight training activity twice per week one is guaranteed the tremendous short and long-term benefits of this activity.
Weightlifting is for Everyone
A huge misconception is that lifting weights is a young person’s activity. That is not true…especially when one realizes the tremendous health benefits weightlifting can offer to older people which includes increased mobility and strength. Weightlifting improves bone mass, bone density as well as strengthens tendons and ligaments which results in a decreased risk of sarcopenia (loss of muscle tissue) and osteoporosis (weakening of bones) that can leave one bedridden when one gets old. Although the earlier you start weightlifting the better, even those who already have started to show signs of sarcopenia or osteoporosis can reduce or reverse its progression through lifting weights. Therefore, as you grow older it is even more important that you become involved in weight training so that you can still be energetic and active in your golden years.
A Viable Treatment for Many Health Conditions
Research has proven that weightlifting can prevent, reduce or control various other health issues such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. With so many health benefits to be gained from weight training why not make it an essential part of your lifestyle? Weight training actually increases good HDL cholesterol and lowers bad LDL cholesterol which decreases one’s chances of developing a stroke or heart attack. Weight training also regulates glucose and insulin in a way which prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes or reduces it’s severity for those that already have it. It is absolutely mind-blowing the positive effects weightlifting can have on your health so do not miss out.
Great Way to Reduce Stress
If you have a lot of stress in your life you need to seriously consider lifting some weights. You might think weightlifting might add even more stress to your already stressful life but in my personal experience it does just the opposite. I remember taking up weight training during a very stressful period of my life. My job was very demanding so much so I was tired, stressed, sick and agitated all the time until one day I decided to join a gym close by. The dramatic positive health changes in my life were immediate. I found that I had more energy to deal with people and I was more alert. My sleeping patterns also improved as I used to have so much trouble sleeping at night because I was always worrying about work related problems but now I found that I fell asleep much faster and my sleep was much deeper so much so that I did not find it as difficult to wake up in the morning anymore. Having more energy during the day allowed me to be almost superhuman by how much more work I was able to complete.
Excellent Mood Booster
My mood also shot way up and became more stable. I used to be so depressed and I had extreme mood swings but weightlifting helped me to develop a much more positive mindset which allowed me to deal with challenges much more constructively. Trust me, it’s like you are on a continual high if you do it right. I felt motivated since I had something to look forward to. I became more vibrant, interactive, lively and happy in every sphere of life. From then on I swore that this would form a crucial aspect of my life and this is what motivates me to write about health.
Weight Training Can Take Various Forms
Weightlifting does not have to take the form of conventional lifting weights in the gym. In fact, my mother gets a lot of weight training benefits from working in her garden. It can also take the form of simply moving things around the house or carrying stuff. Just make sure you get 30 to 60 minutes of weightlifting in any form at least two days a week and see the miracles start happening in your life.
Chris Brown is a 25-year-old fitness enthusiast who blogs at Gain Build Muscle.
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