When you first hear the words “weight lifting,” you probably think of bodybuilders, fitness models, and guys making way too much noise in the gym.
Today, however, I want to reframe the idea so that you recognize just how important lifting weights is for everyone. If you are avoiding it, you are missing out on the most impactful type of exercise available.
Here are nine reasons to start weight lifting:
#1 You don't have to kill yourself
One of the biggest fears about getting started with weight training is that people see some folks lifting huge weights and they think that they have to lift that way.
If you are just starting out, lifting weights may involve using little more than your body weight. The point is not to kill yourself. The point is to start moving more and challenging your muscles to get stronger.
#2 You won't get "big"
Another fear is that weight lifting will lead to “big” bulky muscles. Something to know is that people who train to gain weight have to eat a lot to put on muscle.
If you are lifting normally and eating normally, you will not get bulky...you will actually get lean and toned, just what everyone wants!
#3 You will be happy!
Yes, exercise of any kind gets the happy chemicals running through your body, but lifting weights seems to have a larger influence on your happiness level.
Why? Because any time you stress your body in a good way, your brain wants to give you a reason to do it again.
So, every time you lift weights, you’re left feeling happy, stress-free, and empowered to take on the world!
#4 You're a better version of you
All of us were born to do something great. You may be gifted at arguing cases in court, cooking amazing meals, or keeping cool while caring for a 5-year-old.
Lifting weights helps you do things better from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective.
#5 You gain focus
When you start lifting weights, you quickly realize that you need to stay focused on the lift if you want to do it correctly and avoid injury.
As your strength and the amount of weight you lift increase, your concentration must also increase to avoid injury. This focus in the gym will carry over to your non-gym activities, too.
#6 You start to BELIEVE
When you start lifting weights, you can’t imagine lifting any more than you do in your first session.
Three weeks later, you have already increased the weight you use.
By doing this over and over, you pick up a mental toughness and confidence that will aid you in all areas of life.
You start to believe in your ability to improve and accomplish things that may not be possible NOW but will be possible if you continue to work on them.
#7 You tend to make better food choices
Have you been struggling to keep your daily calorie count down? Nothing helps you stay in line better than working out.
Your regular weight-lifting routine makes you more aware of what you put in your body, making it easier to say “No” to those temptations that are always around the corner.
No one wants to undo all their hard work in the gym, so making the right food choice becomes a no-brainer.
#8 Your body becomes more resilient
While the first thing you may notice after lifting weights is stronger muscles, your bones are also secretly gaining strength at the same time.
Since the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones only increases as you age, guarding against it with weight lifting only makes sense!
Other things that will improve: your balance, your flexibility, your vision, and your stamina.
#9 Your Brain gets better
Believe it or not, not all people who lift weights are the meatheads they’re made out to be. It’s quite the opposite. Research has proven that lifting weights actually has the power to improve your brain’s ability to do its job.
And if there is something that can make you smarter, think clearer, and increase your ability to synthesize and produce ideas—THAT is a win.
And this is why we include weight training in all of our workout plans. Yes, cardio, flexibility, and endurance are all important (and part of our program too), but if you are not doing weight training, you are really missing out.
How to get started:
If you want to start incorporating weight training into your workouts but are not sure where to start, I invite you to check out our 28-Day Kickstart Program.
This is our holistic fitness program where you will get the exact exercises and diet you need to start feeling better while having a coach to show you how to do them correctly and keep you accountable to your plan.
In this program you will get:
- Full fitness and goals assessment
- Personalized fitness coaching to teach you the exact exercises you need to safely and effectively move better and build stamina
- A simple meal plan to help you decrease inflammation
- 1-on-1 success coaching to help guide you as you work to change your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits
You can move and feel better, you just need a program that can show you what is right for you. Click here to learn more and take back control of your health and fitness today!
Mint Condition Fitness empowers people to take control of their fitness and fully enjoy the life they have built.