Should you lift?
Top Reason to lift according to BodyBuilding.com include:
1. MORE EFFECTIVE FAT LOSS – After a heavy bought of strength training, you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours and even days that follow. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.
2. MORE MUSCLE, MORE CALORIE EXPENDITURE – As you increase strength and lean muscle mass, your body uses calories more efficiently. Daily muscle contractions from a simple blink to a heavy squat contribute to how many calories you burn in a given day. Sitting burns fewer calories than standing; standing burns fewer than walking, and walking burns fewer than strength training.
3. CURVES – As you build muscle, your body begins to take a nice hourglass shape. Though endurance exercise can help you lose weight, that weight comes in the form of both fat and muscle tissue. If you’re losing both fat and muscle (which may be the result of long cardio sessions) you can lose those lovely curves as well. Strength training will help create and sustain them.
4. QUALITY SLEEP – A study published in the International SportMed Journal suggests that morning resistance training or high intensity training greatly affects the quality of sleep and lengthens the time of sleep the night after training.
5. INCREASED ENERGY – Strength training can cause an increase in energy expenditure even after you’re done lifting. A study published by the National Institute of Health suggests that the chronic increase in energy expenditure, even after a minimal resistance training session, may favorably effect energy balance and fat oxidation
6. HEART HEALTH – A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that those who lift weights are less likely have heart disease risk factors such as a large waist circumference, high triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, and elevated glucose levels
7. BONE HEALTH – As you age you are at risk for losing bone and muscle mass. Resistance training is a great way to fight the loss of bone mass and also helps reduce risks of osteoporosis.
8. STRESS RELIEF – Strength training is a great way to manage stress. Research has shown that people who lift regularly manage their stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions when in stressful situations.
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