1-Boost Your Metabolism
Muscle is your calorie-burning machinery. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be. The higher your metabolism, the more calories you burn – even sitting still. The more calories you burn the more body fat you burn.
I know!!! Awesome, right? Lifting weights makes your exercise time work for you long after you’ve showered and gone about your day. Now THAT is time well spent.
2-Reshape Your Body
While genetics are important in determining your body shape, weight lifting can help balance out your frame. For example, if you are a pear-shaped woman who always struggles with unwanted weight around your hips, you can add muscle mass to your shoulders which will help offset the weight in your hips and give you a sexy silhouette.
AND you get the added benefit of an increased metabolism (see #1) that will help you shed that unwanted weight around your hips.
3-Increase Functional Fitness
When you lift weights regularly, you get stronger and that helps you perform every-day activities with ease and decreases the likelihood of injuries in your day-to-day life. Things like unloading groceries, lifting heavy bags of dog food, and picking up the kids become easier and less taxing on your energy level.
That just plain feels good so your confidence gets a boost too.
Your bones, just like your muscles, adapt and get bigger and stronger with use – just in case you do that to them again (which you will). Lifting weights will help you maintain and build bone mass which helps you prevent osteoperosis.
The side benefit to that is stronger bones and increased muscle mass lead to better flexibility and balance, both of which become increasingly important as you age.
5-Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women over the age of 25. Lifting weights, if done at a moderate to fast pace like in 21-Day Fix, will raise your heart rate just like cardiovascular exercise. Getting your heart pumping will increase your “good” (HDL) cholesterol, decrease your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.
The benefit of weight lifting over cardio is that you get a MUCH longer “after burn” effect.
There you have it. Go forth and LIFT SOMETHING!