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Do You Even Lift?!

You should!

There are SO many good things, but I’ve narrowed it down to what I think are the 5 most important.

1️⃣ Improves Bone Health: if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, weight bearing exercise is one of the best treatments around. Weight bearing exercise in standing positions stresses and strengthens the bones. Also, any time a muscle contracts, it pulls on the bones attached to it, which stimulates cells in the bone to produce structural proteins.

2️⃣ Decreases risk of Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes: Research shows that people who regularly strength training have higher HDL (good cholesterol), lower blood pressure, and lower triglycerides. Resistance training also improves the muscles ability to take in and use glucose which decreases blood sugar levels.

3️⃣ Reduces Injury Risk: regular resistance training improves strength which causes increase in the diameter of collagen fibrils in the tendons, reducing risk of tendinitis/tendinopathy. And in general, the better conditioned you are for the demands of sports, the better your performance will be.

4️⃣ Mental Health Benefits: improved body image, boosts brain health, release of endorphins to improve mood- what’s better than that? 😃

5️⃣ Promotes Fat Loss: lift more weight ➡️ burn more fat ➡️ increase lean muscle mass 💪🏼 🔥 Resistance training will stimulate your metabolism and increase basal metabolic rate (burn more calories during the day)

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