Everybody can benefit from adding weights into their exercise routine, regardless of their fitness goals or gender!When most people think about weight lifting, their minds immediately picture big men standing in the gym, curling barbells and grunting in front of a mirror.
However, what many people don’t realise is that just about anybody can benefit from adding weights into their exercise routine, regardless of their fitness goals or gender!
Here are three reasons why you should consider adding weight lifting to your workout.
1. Weight lifting boosts your metabolism
Experts have proven that weight lifting can significantly boost your resting metabolic rate - by up to seven per cent according to one study conducted by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland College of Health and Human Performance.
Weight lifting also helps build muscle mass, which is important because muscle consumes more calories than fat. So not only will weight lifting boost your metabolism during and immediately after training, it can also have significant long term effects on your metabolic rate as well.
2. Weight lifting won't make you bulky
Many people - women in particularly - often worry that weight lifting will make them excessively bulky or muscled, like the people who compete in professional bodybuilding competitions.
The truth is that these people are experts and have to work incredibly hard to maintain those bodies. A little bit of weight lifting, combined with a healthy diet and cardio exercise, will help you tone your muscle and improve your fitness, but it won't turn you into a bodybuilder.
3. Weight lifting can improve flexibility
A long held belief about weight lifting is that it can cause your muscles to become tight and inflexible. However, research has revealed that following a balanced and measured weight lifting routine can actually help you preserve and maintain flexibility and agility.
A study published by the University of North Dakota in December 2011 found that strength and resistance training routines can both lead to significant flexibility improvements when proper technique and full range of motion is applied.