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8 Benefits of Weightlifting

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 4, 2018 2:33:31 PM / by Alex Olson

Alex Olson

Benefits-Of-Weightlifting-AGS-Health-DNA-TestingWhenever you think about wanting to lose weight, or even just getting into better shape, cardio is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Cardio is not for everyone, so the thought of having to do so much cardio in order to shed a few pounds can be exhausting. While cardio can be beneficial in the process of losing weight, it is not the only exercise routine to help. Weightlifting can also be very helpful, and it includes other benefits than just weight loss and toned muscles.

  1. Muscle Fights Fat

When you begin to lift weights, your body's metabolism improves. This helps to reduce body fat without having to change your diet drastically.

  1. Reduce Depression Symptoms

While therapy and medications can be vital to depression treatment, one often-overlooked treatment is exercise. It not only improves health but may help your emotional health. Studies have shown that all types of exercises, including weightlifting, work to reduce depression.

  1. Reduces Osteoporosis

As you continue to age, you start to lose muscle and bone mass. Weightlifting has been demonstrated to fight this issue. When you start weightlifting your muscles adapt to the new workouts and become bigger, and the pulling of your muscles on your bones stimulates bone tissue growth.

  1. Lower Your Diabetes Risk

A study was done examining weightlifting and diabetes, and it was found that men who weight lifted 150 minutes every week had a 34% lower risk of diabetes.

  1. Improved Heart Health

Another study looked at arteries and blood flow after 45 minutes of moderate strength training, and the study found that there was up to a 20% decrease in blood pressure. The improved blood flow continued for as long as 24 hours in people who weight lifted on a regular basis.

  1. Better Blood Sugar Control

Weightlifting is beneficial in regulating blood glucose, which can be valuable in people with diabetes or even just risk factors. A study showed that strength training increased the growth of white muscle, which helps to lower blood glucose because it uses glucose for energy.

  1. Prevents Back Pain

Weightlifting will work to strengthen the muscles of your core to reduce discomfort in your back. This is important because the core muscles are the ones that support your spine. You should start with abdominal exercises, as well as exercises that use your body weight.

  1. It Will Make You Mentally Stronger

When your body feels stronger, you typically feel stronger mentally as well. Weight training teaches you to challenge yourself and to persevere even when you want to stop. You may think about stopping, but then you think about the reward(s) of weightlifting and you want to continue. This makes you mentally tougher, and it makes you want to continue weightlifting.


Next Steps:

So when you aren’t in the mood for cardio or if it’s just not your thing, weight lifting is the way to go. Start off by weight lifting a few times a week for 30 minutes, and see how it goes from there! If you need more help on strength training, take the AGS Health & Wellness Genetic Test to find out which power exercises are best for you!


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Topics: Exercise, Fitness

Alex Olson

Written by Alex Olson

Alex is now a senior at the University of Arizona, where she majors in Public Health with a minor in Nutritional Sciences.

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