14 Ways Lifting Weights Will Change Your Life from 14 Ways Lifting Weights Will Change Your Life

14 Ways Lifting Weights Will Change Your Life

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14 Ways Lifting Weights Will Change Your Life

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Knowing that you are responsible for the results and you did it on your own is one of the perks of lifting weights.

Other than the obvious fact that lifting weights will increase your muscle strength and endurance, it also has numerous side effects that will change your life.

Weight lifting will help form a better version of you, mentally and physically. Improve your bone density, increase the strength of your muscles and gain confidence.

Whether you are looking to start a strength training regimen or just looking for a new hobby, lifting weights is the way to go.

You learn goal setting

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Goal setting is crucial to weight training as well as your everyday life. Lifting weights requires you to set a goal and go after it. If you don’t plan, you will never achieve. This is also common in everyday life; setting goals, arranging your priorities and sticking it through.

Improves your balance

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Weight training improves your muscle strength which ultimately results in improved balance, posture and coordination.

 

You learn discipline and mental toughness

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Just push yourself, one last set, one more rep… yes you did it! Lifting weights tests your limits and improves your mental toughness. Challenging your body is one of the best ways to test the strength of your mind. So prove to yourself how tough you really are and start lifting weights.

Improve your bone strength

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Contrary to what many believe; lifting weights is not only good for muscle strength. It is also one of the best ways to prevent or stop bone loss.

 

Lowers your risk for diabetes

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According to Jason Chirichigno, physician at One Medical Group, “[it] all boils down to the ability of the body to transport glucose into the cells to be used. Both weight training and physical activity stimulate the molecular signaling pathways that get glucose into the cell. The second issue with type II diabetes (insulin resistance) outside of the metabolic issues is the pro-inflammatory state of the body which once again interferes with the body’s ability to get that glucose into the cells. Resistance training has been shown to increase the transporters that carry glucose in.”

Reduce symptoms of depression

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MuscleMagFitness.com explains: “Weight training has shown to increase chemical hormones in the brain that can improve mood and increase your sense of well-being. Weight training has shown to reduce stress and improve symptoms of depression.”

Improve your brain function

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“Seven randomized controlled studies show that resistance training has been shown to improve several aspects of cognition in healthy older adults.” Some of these include improvement in memory and memory-related tasks. (See: Supplements That Help Enhance Memory)

Be a source of motivation for others

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At the beginning, seeing others at the gym with the body you are looking to achieve motivates you to work harder. As you continue your routine, you will eventually become that inspiring person. This in turn makes you the one others look up to for motivation.

Increase your metabolism

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Lifting weights increases your metabolism with ultimately results in more calories burned. Your metabolism fires up during your exercise and continues to stay boosted after. (See: 10 Easy Ways to Kick-Start Your Metabolism Every Morning)

Make new friends

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Lifting weights provides you with the opportunity to make new friends that share the same interests as you. Find a workout buddy and spot each other at the gym. 

Improves your heart health

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According to MuscleMagFitness.com, “weight training lowers your resting heart rate, a sign of a more efficient heart.” It has been shown to lower the risk of stroke and chance of heart attack.

Improves athletic performance

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Have you hit a plateau? Lifting weights will increase your overall strength as well as your confidence and charisma. Talk with a personal trainer and plan the right training program that will suit your athletic needs.

Improve your body

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As you continue your weight lifting routine, you will notice positive changes and will see positive results when you look in the mirror. You may see that fat is melting and muscles are forming. These positive emotions will keep you on track toward achieving your goals.

Improve your eating habits

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You will learn quickly that in order to maintain your shape you need to eat right. Lifting weights will force you to improve your eating habits. You will get stronger, lose more weight and get more ripped just by consuming the right foods.