Updated: Nov 4
1. Lose Fat & Stay Lean
When you lift weights, you build muscle. This causes your metabolism to increase. When your metabolism increase, it becomes easier and easier to lose fat.
Lifting weights also improves your insulin sensitivity. When your insulin sensitivity improves, your body improves at handling carbs meaning you're less likely to store carbs as fat.
2. Physically Stronger
This benefit is quite an obvious one... Building muscle strength makes it far easier to do all the things you need to do in your daily life. For example, imagine how much easier it would be to carry in all your heavy groceries after a few weight lifting sessions! On top of this there are other benefits like being better able to defend yourself and generally feeling empowered on account of being a physically stronger person.
It is not just your muscles that get stronger from weight training however. Oh no. It increases your bone density, reducing risk of conditions such as osteoporosis. It also strengthens your ligaments, tendons and central nervous system.
3. Robust & Resilient Health
People with a healthy amount of muscle mass are less likely to experience a wide range of diseases and even if they do experience a disease, they are more likely to recover from it. This is doubly important at the moment given the ongoing pandemic.
4. Psychological Well-Being
Lifting weights boosts your mood, reduces your risk for depression, lowers anxiety and increases your energy levels.
This is in part due to the fact that:
Seeing your strength and physique progress builds confidence and improves self-esteem.
Lifting weights improves sleep quality.