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4 Reasons to Add Weights to Your Workout

By Virginia Laird

You may have heard the myth: lifting weights causes the body to bulk up. It may be for this reason you dislike adding weights to your workout routine. Time and time again this has proven to be untrue. For those who love to exercise but avoid lifting weights, it may be time to reconsider your reasons for doing so. Research suggests there are massive benefits to adding a little weightlifting to your exercise routine. Health and wellness experts advise that doing so can offer a plethora of benefits, including the ability to lose weight more rapidly. Other reasons to include it are:

  • Weightlifting can protect your bones
  • Lifting weights can help improve your sleep
  • Stress can be reduced by lifting weights
  • Lifting weights can help boost metabolism

Weightlifting Can Protect Your Bones

While many may not focus on the need to protect the bones of the body, doing so is vital. Building strong muscles can help protect from injury. A way to build strong muscles which can protect your bones is to lift weights. There is no need to lift heavy weights. Rather, it is important to lift weights which can offer some reasonable measure of resistance. If you would like to begin protecting your bones it may be time to consider lifting a little bit of weight right away.

Lifting Weights Can Help Improve Your Sleep

Have you ever had trouble with sleep? Maybe you don't know where to begin improving your rest. Research suggests that mild weightlifting can help improve sleep. This is due to the burning of calories. It also offers an increased amount of energy throughout the day. Research suggests that those who lift help the body burn more calories throughout the day even while sitting still.

Stress Can Be Reduced By Lifting Weights

If you have too much stress in your life, one way to help decrease it is to add weights to your workout. This helps reduce the stress and tension that can be caused daily. Focusing on getting stronger and on the weights can help your mind release stress as well.

Lifting Weights Can Help Boost Metabolism

A sure way to help improve energy as well as decrease your weight is to work on metabolism. Research suggests that burning more calories throughout the day can help improve metabolism.

As you prepare to add weights to your routine it is best to do so slowly. Adding too much at once can increase the risk of injury. It is wise to ask personal trainers for help when getting ready to add weightlifting to your routine.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Augusta, Ga.

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