When you lift weights, you build lean muscle tissue which is more metabolically active than fat. When you increase your muscle, you also increase metabolism which means you’re burning more calories throughout the day. Regular strength training is just as important as cardio exercise for losing fat and getting fit.
Reduces risk of injury
Strength training strengthens everything, not just your muscles and bones. When you lift weights, you also strengthen connective tissue – the ligaments and tendons that keep your body moving well on a regular basis.
It’s good for your health and life span
According to 2014 research from UCLA, those who exercise tend to have a longer life span.
“In other words, the greater your muscle mass, the lower your risk of death,” study co-author Arun Karlamangla, M.D. said in a statement.
“Thus, rather than worrying about weight or body mass index, we should be trying to maximize and maintain muscle mass.” And what better way to maximize those muscles than by lifting weights
It makes you strong
It may seem obvious that lifting weights can make you stronger, but what some people forget is that it doesn’t just make you strong for your workouts, it makes you stronger in other areas of your life as well. When you lift weights on a regular basis, everything else becomes a little easier too – carrying groceries, housework, gardening, carrying the kids, etc. And, don’t forget, it doesn’t just make your muscles stronger, it makes your bones stronger too which can help reduce or even manage osteoporosis.
When it comes to slimming down, endless hours on cardio machines may not be getting you any closer to the results you desperately seek
“If you’re looking to lose fat, go with strength training,” trainer Nick Tumminello, author of Strength Training for Fat Loss told Business Insider. “Watch your diet to reveal your shape, and strength train to improve that shape.”
It helps your heart
Despite the name, cardio isn’t the only form of exercise with cardiovascular benefits. A resistance training routine has been shown to lower blood pressure, in some cases as effectively as taking medication. The American Heart Association recommends adults aim for at least two strength training sessions a week.