5 Reasons Why Everybody Should Lift Weights

By: Luke Johnstone

Weight training is not just for athletes or bodybuilders. Training with weights has some amazing health benefits that can help the sick, the elderly, children, women or the obese.

Here are 5 reasons why

1. DECREASE CHANCE OF INJURY

Weight training helps strengthen not only your muscles, but your bones, tendons and ligaments. This overall increase in strength can help reduce or prevent the development of arthritis, osteoporosis, aging, injuries and other degenerative diseases.

2. GET MOR OUT OF LIFE

Building or maintaining your strength as you age will enable you to live a greater quality of life...for much longer. You will be able to participate and perform many activities which other elderly people can't.

I think it is extremely sad when I see people aged 60-70 who are so frail and weak they are scared to do anything. They are pretty much confined to their home. I am currently witnessing this first hand with my grandma. She has degenerated rapidly recently and has broken quite a few bones. It's tough to see her like that.

What is really sad is that these people might live another 10-20 years like this. Another 10-20 years of not being able to really take advantage of what life has to offer. Something as simple as playing with the grand kids.

I don't know about you, but I want to squeeze every little bit out of life until the day I die. Being fit and strong is the best way to do this.

3. FASTER METABOLISM/PREVENT WEIGHT GAIN

Weight training builds muscle which speeds up the metabolism. This increase in metabolism means a lot more calories being burnt, which means it will be a lot harder for you to get fat.

4. FAT LOSS

Every pound of muscle we add burns an extra 50-100 calories a day. So, building muscle through weight training will also make it much easier to lose fat.

5. LIFE IS MUCH EASIER

Being strong will help you be more productive and cope easier with daily activities. This could only lead to you being more successful in every facet of your life. Whether it be in your career, social or your personal relationships, the benefits of weigh training far out do just looking better.

When you strengthen the body, you strengthen the mind.

Now to experience these benefits, you don't need to turn into some bodybuilder who lives at the gym. All that is required is one 20 minute, full-body weight training session a week to reap the benefits of weight training.

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