8 Health benefits of weightlifting- everyone seems to ignore
Today I want to talk about health benefits of weightlifting and how weightlifting can not only make you look good physically, but it can transform your lifestyle for the better.
Before I go any further, it’s very important to make one thing very clear. To all the ladies out there weightlifting will not make you bulky or muscular, it will only help you get stronger, more defined, looking good and healthy.
Weightlifting has been around for a long time, and everyone thinks and looks at it in a different way.
It’s safe to say that most people who don’t do weightlifting look at it as a way to get big and bulky or getting ripped.
Some people who do it, see and feel the health benefits of weightlifting is way beyond just looking good. it’s a whole lifestyle that is focused on feeling and living a healthy lifestyle.
The fact is weightlifting is not only about vein bursting arms and necks. Weightlifting has been proven to heal and prevent a lot of diseases and disorders. It urges and inspires people to live a healthier life physically, mentally and emotionally. (7 easy ways to keep yourself motivated to workout)
What are the health benefits of weightlifting?
1.Do you want to boost your metabolism and burn more calories?
Do you want to burn calories and fat while you are watching TV or even sleeping?
One of the underrated health benefits of weightlifting is that your metabolism will be improved and boosted dramatically.
After you are done with your weightlifting exercise, your metabolism is still charged up from the workout. Your body will be burning extra calories while you’re resting for up to 30+ hours.
2.Say goodbye to stress and anxiety
Weightlifting is an anaerobic exercise that puts a lot of stress on your muscles. Stressed muscles will increase endorphin levels to help lower stress levels. (5 amazing health benefits of Kefir)
Endorphins are the “feel-good” hormones, that the body releases during cardio and weightlifting exercises. Weightlifting has been proven to increase the feel good hormones way more than cardio workouts.
Multi-joint weightlifting exercises are the best way to reduce stress and anxiety by increasing the production of endorphins.
3.Weightlifting increases bone (mineral) density and reverses Osteoporosis?
The loss in bone density and Osteoporosis is diagnosed by measuring the bone health and density in the spine and hip.
One of the health benefits of Weightlifting is to increase muscle and bone density and to prevent bone loss. Weightlifting has been proven to prevent bone loss and increase bone density in both the hip and spine.
4.Weightlifting will improve your athletic performance
If you are a runner, swimmer, basketball or soccer player or just someone who wants to improve their athletic performance, then, the one thing all athletes are seeking is POWER.
Power is the most important single thing that all athletes need, in order to take them to the next level. If you want to run faster, or jump higher, or lift heavier what you need is power.
Weightlifting and strength training have been proven to strengthen and condition athletes to reach their maximum power.
5.Do you want to get rid of your lower back pain?
In general weightlifting engages the lower back, abs, and oblique muscles. This means you will automatically strengthen your core and glutes, and that’s the perfect recipe to having strong lower back muscles and improved balance and stability. With time, you will notice a significant improvement in lower back mobility and pain.
6.Weightlifting strengthens small and big muscles (stabilizers and movers muscles)
What do the big (movers) and small (stabilizers) muscles actually mean:
- Big muscles(movers); these muscles are their to do the big job, which is to move things, that’s their primary function. The movers are not attached to the lower back or the central spine.
- Small muscles (stabilizers); these muscles hold the body parts in place and don’t let them move. Stabilizers keep your back in alignment and these muscles are located at the:
- Lower back
- Core and hip-joint.
One of the primary benefits of weightlifting is to target and strengthen all muscle groups (especially stabilizers), and in the long run, it will prevent injuries and promote overall health.
7.Weightlifting will make you resistant to diabetes and helps regulate insulin levels
If you are serious about not having diabetes then weightlifting is very effective in regulating your insulin levels and prevents type 2 diabetes. And, if you already have diabetes, weightlifting is proven to improve glucose metabolism and makes it easy to manage diabetes.
8.Does weightlifting increases or decreases blood pressure?
Weightlifting can temporarily increase your blood pressure, and that depends on the intensity of the weightlifting program and how much weights you are lifting. So, it’s important to monitor your blood pressure to prevent any unwanted side effects.
But, if you are serious about your health, then in the long run weightlifting can be very beneficial for people with high blood pressure.
Lifting weights on a regular basis and following a weightlifting program will help lower blood pressure, and it’s recommended to follow the program for several weeks before you can see positive results.
Finally, all I want to say is that weightlifting has changed my life and I hope it can change yours. Hopefully, I will get you addicted to being fit and healthy through weightlifting!