A few years ago I went out of town on business for two weeks. I had not been working out with weights, but I was running daily. So, I thought I would change things up and brought 5 lb. dumb bells. Each morning I worked out with the weights and did resistant floor exercises in the hotel room. I worked on my lower extremities one day and upper extremities the next. After two weeks I couldn’t believe the difference in my body and how toned my arms, abs and legs had become in such a short time.
Here are 8 reasons to workout with weights:
- Burn off more Fat. Weight training helps your body to burn more calories during and after the session. After strength training you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours and days that follow. This expenditure raises your metabolic rate which in turn causes your body to burn more calories.
- More Muscle, More Calorie Expenditure. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn.
- Curves. Endurance exercise (running) can help you lose weight which can both be fat and muscle. Strength training will build muscle which gives your body those nice curves.
- Quality Sleep. A study published in the International SportMed Journal suggests that strength training in the morning can affect the quality of sleep and lengthens the time of sleep.
- Increased Energy. After resistance training, according to the National Institute of Health suggests, you’ll have a prolonged increase in energy.
- Heart Health. Lifting weights has been shown to increase heart health by reducing risks such as large waist circumference, high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure and glucose levels.
- Bone Health. As we get older we lose muscle and bone mass. Lifting weights is an excellent way to combat the loss. A study conducted at McMaster University found that after a year of resistance training, postmenopausal women increased spinal bone mass by 9 percent.
- Stress Relief. Researchers have consistently found that those who regularly strength train tend to manage stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR