At one time, I was a one-trick pony about exercise, I did cardio. About 12 years ago I got this information from an open house at a health club. It made me think about weight training, which is how all changes happen with me – I mull it around and think about it.
Slowly I began incorporating some weight training. I was hesitant because I didn’t think I would burn as many calories and get that sweet, sweet runner’s high. That idea slowly changed to as I got more informed and started practicing.
These aren’t just ideas now but tried and true. Give them a try – or at least think about them first and then try it.
Starting or continuing your weight training program is much easier if you know some of the benefits derived from weight training.
- Weight training tones your muscles, which looks great and raises your basal metabolism, which causes you to burn more calories 24 hours a day. You’ll burn more calories while you’re sleeping.
- Weight training can “reverse” the natural decline in your metabolism which begins around age 30.
- Weight training energizes you.
- Weight training has a positive effect on all of you 650+ muscles.
- Weight training strengthens your bones, reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Weight training improves your muscular endurance.
- Weight training will NOT develop big muscles on women…just toned muscles.
- Weight training makes you strong. Strength gives you confidence and makes daily activities easier.
- Weight training makes you less prone to lower back injuries.
- Weight training decreases your resting blood pressure.
- Weight training decreases your risk of developing adult onset diabetes.
- Weight training decreases your gastrointestinal transit time, reducing your risk for developing colon cancer.
- Weight training increases your blood lovel of HDL cholesterol (the good type).
- Weight training improves your posture.
- Weight training improves the functioning of your immune system.
- Weight training lowers your resting heart rate, a sign of a more efficient heart.
- Weight training improves you balance and coordination.
- Weight training elevates your mood.