The Benefits of Weight Training
Lose Body Fat Weight training builds muscle. As lean muscle increases, so does your metabolism. This means you will burn more calories. Studies suggest that for each pound of muscle you gain, you’ll burn 35-50 more calories per day.
Gain Strength A common reason for females to avoid weight training is that they are afraid of “bulking” - this is a misconception and is not physically possible! Women don’t have the same testosterone required to build muscle as men (10-30x less!) Instead, women gain muscle definition and strength.
Decreased risk of Osteoporosis Weight training strengthens your bones as well as your muscles by increasing bone density, therefore reducing the risk of fractures, injuries and broken bones.
Reduced risk of injury Weight training increases strength in connective tissues and joints.
Burn more calories Weight training has been proved to raise metabolism for up to 24 hours post training. After an intense workout there is an increase in oxygen consumption, helping break down fat stores in the body.
Weight training strengthens your core, back and shoulders. This helps to correct posture, keeping your back straight and shoulders back. A stronger core and back will help to prevent lower back pains.
Enhanced mood and reduced stress
Exercise releases endorphins - this helps to prevent pain, improve mood and alertness and boost energy.