5 reasons strength training is good for you!

It’s no secret that I love lifting weights. Here are some of the benefits that come with it.

You’ll look HOT: ladies, that “toned” look you are after doesn’t come from countless hours on the treadmill. While cardio is good for your health, it does not promote increased lean mass (aka muscle). You might lose weight, if that is your goal, but you are going to be skinny fat instead of “toned”. If you want to be in the best shape of your life, look no further than the weight room! You can keep your cardio though. It’s not one or the other.

And no, you will NOT look like a man. 
Those female bodybuilders you have seen while growing up, who
scarred you for life (I know some scarred me!), did not get that
way by simply lifting weights. They make constant (ab)use of
anabolic substances. To make it short, you have zero chance of
looking like a she-hulk even if you train {very hard} for years.

 

You’ll be stronger and healthier: this is a no brainer, since we are talking about strength/weight training, but yes, don’t underestimate this in case of a zombie apocalypse. Jokes aside, being stronger and fitter means your quality of life will be higher. Less chance of injuries or disease, stronger immune system.

Improved bone density:¬†strength training does not only help with controlling bone loss over the years (osteoporosis) but it improves the density, promoting healthier and stronger bones. It’s basically like reverse aging. Along with stronger muscle and bones, the connective tissue and tendons will improve as well, making for healthier movement around the joints. We can age like fine wine!

 

Improved self-esteem: the better you look and stronger you get, the more body confidence you will gain. And this is NOT about looking a certain way, fitting a mold or being like all the fit models out there. This is about what makes YOU feel good. It might not mean having a six-pack. You’ll have to find your personal sweet spot. Don’t fall into the trap of those who obsess over being super lean only to find themselves miserable because they are not enjoying life. Abs are overrated!

 

Manage chronic conditions: arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease? The list is long. strength training can reduce signs and symptoms of many of these conditions. (Please consult your physician before starting anything new.)

 

Last but not least, number 6 is a universal benefit of exercising.

Do it for the feel good hormones:¬†endorphins, dopamine, serotonin. Without getting too technical here, exercise (any type) will boost your mood. Not only that but your sleep quality will improve as well. Working out is an amazing anti-depressant. Regular physical activity promotes a healthy hormonal balance in your body. Don’t underestimate the effect of messed up hormonal level, because you’d be surprised how many little and big things those suckers are responsible for.