As you can see there are so many reasons we should be incorporating weights into our workout routines!  Weights are not just for the body builders!

Let's dig more into the benefits I mentioned on my video blog!

  • Lose Body Fat ~ weight training is going to build muscle in our bodies.  As our lean muscle mass increases, so does our metabolism.  Research is finding that just working out with weights two to three times per week will increase your muscle gain by 2lbs while losing 3.5lbs of fat.  How cool is that???
  • Burns more calories ~ weight training raises our metabolism for up to 24 hours after working out. This breaks down the fat stored in our bodies.
  • Improves Posture & Reduces Back Pain ~ by building muscle in our core-back, shoulders and abs- we can help correct poor posture.  Having a strengthened core helps to alleviate much of that lower back pain we experience when sitting at our desk too long or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Enhances Mood & Reduces Stress ~ Yes please!!  Anything I can do to help here, I am all for it.  When we workout with weights we are releasing endorphins, neurotransmitters, that prevent pain.  This improves our mood and helps us fight depression, while stimulating the mind and improving our alertness and boosting energy.  Win!!
  • Decreases the risk of Osteoporosis ~ during weight training we are increasing bone density which reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones.  It also will increase spinal bone density to create a healthy spine.  For me, I have all the risk factors, blonde hair, blue eyes, fair-skinned and I'm thin.  So anything I can do to decrease my risk is added to my routine!
  • Better Heart Health ~ with just 45 minutes of moderate to intense strength training we can experience a 20% decrease in blood pressure.  A study has found that these effects persisted for about 30 minutes after the end of the training session and continued as long as 24 hours for those who regularly trained for 30-45 minutes just a few times a week.  
These are some pretty convincing benefits to make me add some weight training into my fitness routine, how about you???

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  1. I need to, have to get back into the gym. I use the machines instead of free weights. The free weights intimidate me. TFS.
  2. Christie Hawkes  01/28/2019 06:54 AM Central
    Well said, Aimee. These are all great benefits. I have included strength training in my exercise routine for several years and I have experienced all of these benefits to one degree or another. I am admittedly still a little timid about pushing myself. I recently met with a coach, who assured me I could lift heavier than I have been. I'm working on that goal now with her guidance. You've done a great job of outlining the reasons to weight train. I'll help you get the word out by sharing this on social media.


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