Lifting Weights is Good for the Body
At Iron Forged Fitness, we want all of our clients to be comfortable with working out. Developing a personal fitness plan, while rewarding, can be more work than people first suspect. There are a wide variety of workout programs, all of which are designed to achieve certain results. Often, we have clients who want to incorporate weight training into their workout routine but are unsure on how to go about effectively using weights. While cardio training is an important aspect of any workout plan, we firmly believe that adding weights into the mix is a great way to take a workout routine to the next level. In today’s post, we are going to go over some of the positive benefits that adding weights to a workout routine can have for an individual. Continue reading below to learn more.
Weights are a Gym Staple for a Reason
While gyms feature many pieces of equipment to help individuals get into better shape, almost all of them share a single, common feature – free weights. When utilized properly, free weights are an invaluable strength training tool. Increased strength, however, is not the only benefit that free weights provide. Below, we have listed a few more benefits that free weights can have for individuals who decide to incorporate them into their workout routine.
- Bone Density: Of all of the components that make up the human body, bones are pretty important. When you think about it, our skeletons put up with a lot. Not only do they support the entire framework of our body, they also have to withstand any hits that they take without becoming compromised. While lifting weights won’t make your bones indestructible, weight lifting will increase the density of the bones. This is important because as people age, their bones naturally lose density. By increasing the density of the bones, an individual is better able to combat the effects of aging.
- Muscle Offsets Fat: One of the main reasons that people pick up free weights is to lose weight. Strength training is a great way to shed some pounds, however, that is not the only way that lifting weights helps to keep the fat away. Recent research has shown that type II muscle fibers, the type of muscle fibers built when lifting weights, actually help to improve whole-body metabolism. Improving metabolism means that the body will more effectively burn food that is consumed, resulting in less development of fat.
- Injury Protection: Weight lifting helps to strengthen connective tissue, tendons, and muscles. Strengthening these areas of the body helps to reduce the amount of injuries that can occur from physical activity while also improving the motor performance of an individual. Think of it this way, by strengthening the connective tissues of the body, an individual is better able to put strain on their body without risk of injury. Through weight lifting, the body is used to stress and has built up resistance.
- Better Balance: Tying into the previous bullet, lifting weights is a great way to improve balance. By strengthening the connective muscles, tissues, and tendons of the body, an individual makes it easier for their body to stay naturally balanced. Improved balance helps to improve all aspects of physical activity.
- Improve Heart Health: While cardio workouts are a great way to improve the overall health and function of the heart, weight lifting has also been shown to be an effective way to help the heart. Weight training routines have been shown to effectively lower blood pressure and the American Heart Association recommends that adults try to complete two weight lifting sessions per week.
- Improve Mood: Working out has long been shown to improve people’s moods. After working out, the body is flooded with endorphins as your muscles try to recuperate from the strain that was placed on them. This is especially true with weight lifting due to the stressful nature of lifting weights. Additionally, working out with free weights helps to improve people’s mood because, generally, lifting weights makes a person tired. When people are tired at the end of the day, they are much more likely to have a restful night’s sleep. Better, longer lasting sleep tends to make people feel better in the morning, equating to being in a better mood during the day.
We hope that this blog has been informative and that you, the reader, have a better understanding of the benefits that lifting weights can have for you. Adding in weights to a workout routine is a great way to take your personal fitness plan to the next level. If you would like to learn more about incorporating weights into your workout routine, please contact us today. At Iron Forged Fitness, our highly trained staff will work with you to develop a fitness plan that fits your needs and will show you how to properly incorporate weights into this place. Contact us today and let’s get started.