5 Reasons to Weight Train

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Most people think that cardio is the best and fastest way to get fit but as a certified personal trainer I can tell you that you also need strength training. The rewards can be big and if you’re not incorporating it into your fitness routine, you’re missing out!

Most women stay away from it because they are afraid that they will “bulk up”. Unless you’re taking massive amounts of steriods that’s impossible so here are 5 reasons that I think everyone should add strength training to their workout routines at least 2 times a week.

1.     It Strengthens Your Bones. Besides boosting your metabolism and burning calories it also builds bone density and strength. After age 40 we can start to lose about1% of bone mass per year so weight training will keep that from happening.

2.     It Ups Your Metabolism. As I mentioned in number 1, strength training boosts your metabolism. As we age our metabolism tends to slow down and strength training can help you boost it back up.

3.     Improves Mental Function.  To stay mentally sharp as we age is important and not only does strength training improve your memory several studies show that it helps with executive function, depression, anxiety, fatigue and more.

4. Boosts Your Well-Being. Not only do you feel better physically after a good weight training session and when you start seeing results but it also does wonders for your emotions and psycological health.

5. Weight Loss. A faster metabolism means faster weight loss. While cardio burns calories while your doing it, strength training will continue to burn calories up to 72 hours after the exercise is over through a process called “after burn”.  The right mix of diet, cardio and weight training can help you with the progress you want to see.

So, I know we all love the “high” we feel after a good cardio session but now that you know some of the benefits of weight training and how it can help not only with your mental energy and creativity, why don’t you give it a try for a month.  Just 2 times a week for a month. Then let me know if you see any results like I’ve mentioned or not. I’d love to hear from you!!

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Author:cherylo

I have been an International Sports Science Association Certified Personal Trainer since 2009, a Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer and I love helping women over 40 stay fit and healthy or getting their health and fitness back after spending all their time taking care of others.
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3 Responses to “5 Reasons to Weight Train”

  1. Devon Lee
    August 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    I can attest that when I only train with cardio, I don’t change much. When I weight train, I develop the muscle definition I carve. Great post. Thanks.

  2. Devon Lee
    August 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Great reminder of the importance to use weight training and cardio. It’s also important not to do the same cardio or the same weight training again and again. That’s something new I learned.

    • cherylo
      August 17, 2015 at 2:27 am #

      Thanks Devon! I’m glad I taught you something! BTW, the reason changing the workouts around is for “muscle confusion”.

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