This is going to be a very quick and short post on why you should be lifting weights.
1- People who use weight training as a part of their program are going to be able to more burn calories and fat while you sleep. Sounds simple, but those who look fit and athletic are generally those who lift weights and this is what keeps them looking leaner. So go pick up a barbell and speed up your metabolism.
*Note that ladies won’t get “bulky”. You may gain a few kilos to start because your body is using muscles you haven’t used before but this is going to allow you to burn more fat and get in better shape and keep that body you have worked hard for. Your whole body will change so don’t get caught up with the scales.
2- Lifting weights will improve your sleep quality. This will have positive effects on your bodies ability to build muscle, burn fat, have more energy on a day to day basis and just feel all-round amazing each day. And lets be honest, who doesn’t like a good nights sleep?
3- Lifting weights will build your bone density. Studies show that those who lift are going to have stronger bones as they age. This will decrease your risk to fracture when you have a fall. You could even say that lifting weights will help you age better. Do you think a 70 year old who can squat over their body weight will do as much damage if they had a fall compared to someone who isn’t even strong enough to stand up out of a chair with ease?
Lifting weights and being strong makes you harder to kill!
4- The right types of weight training will help you build functional range of motion and core stability which will help you be more durable and injury free. You’ll achieve a better quality of life and will be able to continue to do all the things that you enjoy to do on a daily basis.
Yes, you are going to be “sore” from training but this soreness is good. It means that you are earning your fitness. I’d personally rather have muscle soreness than not being strong and functional enough to fight against a zombie apocalypse.
5- Strength training will have a massive effect on your self-confidence. Fitter and stronger people are generally more confident. Confidence is sexy and will help you on a daily basis. It will help you make new friends, excel at work, be more fun and you’ll personally feel better about yourself. You’ll also be able to keep stress at bay from picking up heavy objects.
So, what type of training should you be doing? Start with full range of motion squatting, deadlifting, pressing, heavy rows and pull ups and push ups.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.