Why you should be lifting weights
Before writing this post, I was thinking what points I should focus upon. Should I talk about all the health benefits you will get by lifting weights, like the fact that it helps in preventing diabetes and cancer or that it helps in increasing bone density or because it will keep your lipid profile normal or your blood pressure will remain normal.
These may be the reasons why you would start weight training but not why you should continue it.
Or should I talk about the real reasons why someone falls in love with it and why it becomes an integral part of their lifestyle. Stick with me and I will prove to you that along with all these health benefits it can literally change your life and your personality.
It’s more effective in reducing body fat than cardio: To reduce body fat, BMR has to be increased. BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) means the rate at which the body burns calories during rest. The very misunderstood concept about weight loss is that cardio is the key for it. Weight training is far more superior to burn fat and keep it away permanently. When you are doing a cardiovascular exercise your BMR increases only till the time you are doing it.
Like if you are doing any cardio exercise for one hour, you will be burning your fat for that one hour but what about the rest of the 23 hours.
On the other hand, if you are doing good intense weight training for one hour your body will be burning the fat for the rest of the 23 hours. By performing an intense workout, you are causing a significant microtrauma (damage) to the muscle thus increasing your BMR for the repair work.
Scientifically, this is known as the EPOC (Excessive Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) effect or simply called the after burn effect.
It gives you a sense of accomplishment: Remember when you first started to lift weights and you could not do even one pull up properly and now you do 10 pull ups just for warm up.
Remember when you did your first bench press and you felt the bar itself is too heavy and now you look back at your old self and think ‘Hell! man, what a piece of a wuss I was back then’.
When you did that one extra rep you thought you couldn’t do or added a little more weight than the last time. It gives you a real sense of accomplishment that will be with you for the rest of your day making it an awesome day for you.
It helps you create and maintain a good eating habit: When you get that sense of accomplishment, you don’t want to waste it away by eating some shit out of a fast food joint.
Generally, people who tend towards eating all that unhealthy stuff, knowing it really well that it’s not good for them are those who don’t have any respect for their body and it shows in their behavior as well.
When you workout regularly and religiously your brain will stick to the healthy eating pattern.
It will help you to grow not only physically but mentally as well: When you are lifting some heavy ass weight and I’m not talking about doing some Bicep curls or Triceps pushdowns.
I’m talking about the real stuff. Squats, Deadlifts, Overhead Press, Bent Over Rows. When you get under that bar of 150kg or 200kg to do a squat you have to be mentally prepared for that. You cannot be just lazily standing around chatting with your friends or on your cell and then come and do that squat.
Your brain is equally under the same stress as your body is. And that’s the good kind of stress, the one your brain was designed to deal with.
Not the kind of stress you get sitting in your cubicle and dealing with all the bullshit of office politics: that stress makes you sick and the good stress will make you mentally stronger.
It’s the best anti-depressant in the world: As discussed above with regular exercise you will become physically and mentally stronger.
You will get a sense of accomplishment.
Then there is no chance in the hell that you can feel depressed about anything. If you want to know the details about it; when you workout your brain releases a hormone called endorphin which is called a happy hormone which makes you feel good.
Well, don’t just sit and think if it’s really true or not. Those who are lifting even for a while will tell you this. And if you don’t believe me or any of them then just hit the gym and find it out for yourself.
It will make you look and feel younger: When your muscle mass increases your energy level will increase and you will not only feel but also look younger.
You can wear any outfit and look good in it: You look at your old clothes in your wardrobe, kept neatly in some corner which no longer fits you because now your body is not the same as it once used to be.
A cruel reminder that you are no longer in that good shape you once were. This can be changed with regular weight training and a good eating pattern.
With weight training, your body composition improves which means your fat percentage will reduce and muscle mass will increase.
Just imagine the feeling you will get if you will again be able to fit in your old clothes and look good in it. I know this is one of the topmost motivations for any girl to start any exercise. You can go shopping for new clothes without worrying about ‘will it fit me or not?’
It will boost your confidence: Well, I just simply want to ask you, now what will happen if you become physically fit and mentally strong?
You get a sense of accomplishment doing something.
You will feel younger and full of energy again.
If you can fit into your old clothes the ones you thought you will never be able to wear again.
What do you think is going to happen when you get all this things together and the answer is very simple you will build confidence. And this confidence will be represented in every aspect of your life. You will never feel like a loser again in your life. How can you when you have accomplished so many things. Look back where you started and look how far you have come.