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EXERCISE MOTIVATION--> Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Life Weights (From A Personal Trainer)
Health & Fitness
I created this piece for a friend's fitness page to help motivation people to start resistance training. Feel free to look back on this for motivation, and share with friends and family that need that extra push!
1. You will get toned. Not seeing the results you want? Hit a plateau? Only doing cardio will help you drop fat but will make you feel soft. Lifting weights will firm your body and give you a more sculpted appearance. Say goodbye to bingo wings!
2. Your metabolism will be faster. It’s a fact that muscle burns fat better than fat burns fat. You will not only burn more calories while exercising, but also while resting and sleeping. Your metabolism is also faster for about two days after lifting weights!
3. You will become stronger and have more stamina. One of my middle-aged female clients boasted to me that she threw a case of water in her cart at the store like it was nothing. It's the little things that count ☺️ gardening, cleaning, playing with your kids, all get much easier and enjoyable with the strength and endurance gained from lifting weights.
4. You will improve your sex life. Weight training has been shown to increase testosterone slightly in males in females, helping with dysfunctions and increasing sex drive. Lifting weights also improves circulation, which is the main culprit of ED, and possibly why it is difficult for some to achieve orgasm.
5. You’re less likely to get hurt. When you lift weights, you not only strengthen the muscles, but also the tendons and ligaments that support your skeletal system and joints. You're less likely to fall and get hurt, and more likely to catch yourself before you take a nose dive.
6. Your bone density will improve. Women AND men are susceptible to osteoporosis. Lifting weights will put stress on the bones forcing them to adapt and get stronger. Peak bone density occurs around 30, so starting before then is optimal, while starting after can keep the bone density you have, and can even increase it over time.
7. You will alleviate pain. Are you suffering from lower back pain? Arthritis? Lifting weights helps to improve and even alleviate pain in your body. This happens during exercise via endorphins and over time due to strengthening weaknesses and improving imbalances that cause pain and discomfort.
8. You will reduce your risk of chronic disease. Weight training has been shown to improve cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as many other health issues. I've seen this first hand in personal training, especially when moderate weight, high repetition training is done. My clients have completely come off blood pressure and cholesterol medication and they were elated.
9. You will gain confidence. You will look better and feel better about yourself. You will gain confidence in your abilities and new found strength, be more self-reliant, and will love how tight your body feels and how good you look in clothes.
10. You will have more energy. Tired of always feeling tired? Lifting weights has been shown to improve mood and general energy levels throughout the day. No coffee needed.
1. Eat clean and you will have a leaner, toned appearance. Get plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
2. Make sure you're getting proper rest. That means not weight lifting on consecutive days. The muscles heal and get stronger on rest days.
3. Get enough lean protein at every meal. Most Americans get enough protein, however try to get lean sources such as skinless chicken breast, fish, and shrimp.
4. Start light and gradually increase the weights. Keep challenging your body with heavier weights and a variety of exercises to keep your body from hitting a plateau.
I hope this helps motivate you to start lifting weights! If this helped please like 😉👍
I'm a certified personal trainer, have a bachelors degree in exercise science, and currently attend medical school. Fitness is my passion!