I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before… exercise is good for you. Actually, exercise is medicine, both for prevention and treatment, just without the nasty aftertaste or choking that comes from those huge horse pills the pharmacist gives you. From yoga to running, and Pilates to weight lifting, exercise provides you with better health and well-being. But, there are a few side benefits that you may not have thought about, those rarely mentioned by the experts. Here is a list of the unintended benefits of lifting weights that are sure to make you a regular at the gym.
1. It makes you happy.
Research has shown that lifting heavy weights is enough to release the endorphins needed to produce a “runner’s high” feeling. Not only does it feel great, but it keeps you coming back for more.
2. It increases confidence in other areas of your life.
Lifting heavy weights produces strength gains in the muscles and bones that you’re training. This helps you accomplish things you never thought you could. Once you apply this new-found confidence to other areas of your life, you’ll discover the broad reaching affects of weight training.
3. There are more benefits to be discovered.
Researchers are constantly looking at the affects of weight training on the mind, body, and spirit. With new research, the list of benefits continues to grow. So, start lifting even for reasons unknown.
4. It helps treat and prevent some chronic illnesses.
Weight training improves bone health to help prevent osteoporosis and glucose tolerance to prevent type 2 diabetes. Additionally, lifting weights burns glucose for energy therefore, reducing the amount available to feed cancer cells and their growth. Resistance training is also helpful in the treatment and post-treatment phases of cancer patients by maintaining muscle mass, improving energy levels, and strengthening areas where surgery has been performed.
5. It toughens you up.
Anytime you’re challenged, you come away physically and mentally stronger and tougher than before. It also improves your resolve and determination. Lifting heavy weights can do just that; push you to a point you never thought you were willing to endure.