Often times I hear people talk about not wanting to weight train for various reasons one of the main reasons is because they don’t want to become bulky. I have also heard other things like they don’t know how to use weights and machines or they are intimidated by the weight rack and the people who are over there. I am here to tell you why you definitely SHOULD weight train!
Muscle burns more calories. Adding muscle to your body increases your resting metabolic rate which means you burn more calories just sitting on the couch. You also burn more calories after a weight lifting session than you do after cardio. This is because after lifting weights your body uses energy to repair your muscles which burns calories. So even after you are done working out you are still burning calories for several hours.
Lifting weights help keep you young! Building muscle helps prevent sagging that comes with age. Whether that is in your glutes or your arms, if you want to prevent “bingo arms” lifting weights is the way to do it!
Lastly it helps keep your bones strong and protects your joins. Aside from an increase in your balance which prevents broken bones and dislocated joints, building muscle actually helps strengthen your bones and joints. It also helps to lubricate the joints by nourishing the cartilage and it obviously helps you maintain a healthy weight which reduces strain on your muscles.