Ready to hit the gym? Most gym-goers make a beeline for the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stair climbers. But, did you know that another gym activity---lifting weights---can give you, even more, health benefits? Though lifting weights might not be as popular as doing cardio, it packs a serious punch. Read on for the top 20 reasons you should make weightlifting a feature of your exercise program!
It's easy to see your progress
Unlike some other types of exercise, with weightlifting, you'll definitely know when you're improving, and this will make you want to do it even more! Though the first few weeks can be hard, one day (probably when you don't expect it), you'll pick up a weight that used to be hard for you to lift, and it'll feel light. That kind of clear reward will make you love working out!
You'll be less prone to injury
weight lifting injury
Lifting weights builds muscle mass, gives you more bone density, and helps you have a better sense of balance. This way, you'll be less likely to fall, and if you do, you'll be less likely to break a bone or otherwise hurt yourself (link here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9927006).
You'll burn more fat
build muscles and burn fat
Since lifting builds muscle mass, that also means you'll burn more fat overall and shed more weight. Research shows that the boost in muscle that you get from lifting may even help you burn more fat than cardio workouts (link here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/22/weight-lifting-belly-fat_n_6367756.html).
You'll burn more calories, with less effort
Read more: Weightlifting: 20 Benefits for Mind and Body