When you first hear the words “weight lifting” you probably think of bodybuilders, fitness models, and those giants at the gym that make way too much noise for something that is supposed to be healthy.
Today, however, I want to try to reframe the idea so that you start to recognize just important lifting weights is for EVERYONE, and if you are skipping it, you are missing out on the most impactful (in every sense of the word) type of exercise available.
If you are unsure if weight lifting is right for you, here are nine reasons why it most certainly is:
#1: You don’t have to kill yourself
One of the biggest deterrents to people getting started in weight training is they see these bodybuilders lifting huge weights and they think that you HAVE to lift that way.
If you are just starting out, “weight lifting” may use 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 TON to put on muscle.
If you are lifting normally and eating normally, not only will you 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 an advantageous effect on your happy 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 leave feeling happy, stress-free, and empowered to take on the world!
#4: You’re a better version of you
You were born with a great affinity to do something. You may be gifted to argue cases in court, cook an amazing meal, or keep cool while caring for a dozen 5-year-olds.
Lifting weights helps you perform each of these tasks better from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective.
On top of that, you gain independence on physical tasks. You can take care of yourself and you can better take care of others when you are strong.
#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 increases, your focus must also increase to avoid injury. This focus in the gym—if you let it—will carry over into your non-gym activities.
#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’ve already passed the impossible mark. 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, get better, 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 the hard work in the gym, so making the “right” choice becomes a no-brainer.
#7: 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 increases as you age, guarding against them 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, people who lift weights aren’t 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 this for me is the coolest part. If there is something that can make you smarter, think clearer, have a quicker wit, and will increase your ability to synthesize and produce awesome ideas—THAT is a win.
And this is why I have dedicated my life to the world of fitness, because I truly believe that ALL of these things are possible when you have a smart weight-training program.
I think the hardest part about getting into training is it’s hard to know if what you are doing is smart, safe, and right for you.
That is where our personal trainers come in, and we would love you help you start seeing all of these benefits as well! Give us a call today at (408) 370-1739 to learn more about how our programs can build your brain, your body, your bones, and your balance!