Seems like a no-brainer, that one! But even though 99% of the weight training population swear by it, ask them “why weight training?” and you will mostly be met with commonplace explanations and a lot of unnecessary muscle flexing. They’ll say, “the proof of the pudding lies in the eating.” But the question is, why should you eat pudding at all?
To make an informed decision, it is crucial to understand how weight training benefits your entire body. Here is a quick look at the top 5 reasons why weight training could be best for you:
1. Best way to lose fat
The EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption), more commonly known as the ‘after burn effect,’ is one of the best fat-burning phases in your body that results from weight training. When you start training with weights, your muscle cells break down, and the body uses oxygen to restore muscle glycogen and rebuild muscle proteins damaged during exercise. To meet the increasing demands of oxygen, guess what your body burns as fuel? Fats!
2. Injury prevention
Weight training not only gives you stronger muscles, but also increases the strength of all adjoining and supporting tissues like connective tissues and tendons. This leads to improved motor performance and decreased risk of injury to body parts. The main thing is to ensure that weight lifting is done properly, with the correct form.
To read in detail about the techniques to adopt to avoid injuries, read this Fitmag article: Injury Prevention in Weight Training
3. Improves metabolism
This is the most obvious one. The best way to improve metabolism is to put on some muscles, and the only way to do that is – training with weights!
4. Can prevent diabetes
Strength training is one of the most effective ways to regain or increase insulin sensitivity and reverse insulin resistance. It improves the ability of the body to transport the glucose into cells.
5. Prevents Muscle Degeneration
A steady loss of lean muscle mass is the undeniable reality of aging. However, you can prevent this by doing regular weight training, along with eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
So, beginner or pro, man or woman, young or old, don’t shy away from weights – it has massive benefits for everyone (yes, even for old people! Check out this article on Weight Lifting for the Elderly).
Don’t wait, get lifting!
Author Credits – Vijay Tambi