Weightlifting is a pastime… We go to the gym to workout, get stronger, and feel better about ourselves. It helps us to forget our work week or our troubles for a few hours at a time. Weightlifting is a natural way to get fit, get bigger, faster, stronger, and feel a whole lot better for it. Here are three reasons you may just want to get to the gym a few more times this upcoming week…
Increased strength – For men, weightlifting can be more beneficial than at first thought. It can not only boost your strength, but can help to increase your metabolism and up the levels of testosterone in your body. Testosterone is one of the more important factors in muscle growth and recovery after an intense workout session. For those men with a limited range of motion and/or pain in the joints, weightlifting can help to improve the overall range of movement by strengthening their problem joints. Weightlifting confers benefits above and beyond just strength.
Gives you confidence – Weightlifting not only frees the mind, but it confers a sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of one’s self – It gives you true confidence. To look in the mirror and to not only feel stronger, but to look it as well..? That’s confidence right there. It gives the lifter a certain peace of mind to know that your work in the gym is actually still paying dividends, even after your session is over.
For men over 50 – As men age, their muscle mass declines… For every ten years in which they don’t exercise, men tend to lose 5 to 7 pounds of muscle. As is the case with women and the healing power of strength training for osteoporosis, the activity of weightlifting can actually slow down the process of muscle deterioration in men. And in many cases, it can help to rebuild muscle lost as well. Weightlifting can lessen, or outright negate, many of the effects of arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other maladies. In addition, weight training can help to strengthen bones and cut down on injuries in older individuals. In essence, the best anti-aging medicine available may not be taken in tablet form – It’s weightlifting that may just keep you healthy, free of injury, and boost your body and mind by natural means.