5 reasons Weight Training is really important for Men

Weight Training

There are important longer term benefits of weight training. Most guys are aware that lifting weights is good for them. That they they should be doing it more. but why? Like most people, they’re probably familiar with the obvious benefits, but there are some other clears reasons to do it.

The basic: Building Muscle

The obvious one. Most men know that lifting weights is good if they want to build muscle. The basic idea behind this is to push yourself a little more each time you go into the gym. That can be 10lbs heavier or some more rep. It doesn’t always have to be weight. This added muscle can carry over to daily life. Whether you’re helping move furniture, or want to minimize injury, there really isn’t a downside to putting on at least a little bit of extra muscle. It will also help reduce all cause mortality.

The Hormones

Now we have to look at the hormones. Not many things will help boost a man’s testosterone than lifting weights. In order to grow muscle in our body, we need optimal hormone levels to generate the amount of muscle you most likely want. Sure, we can try supplements, but those are short term solutions that come with massive side effects. This is also important for when we get older. Our T levels will start to decrease after age 25, so anything we can do to help keep it in good levels, and not take up too much of our time should be first priority.

Boosts Metabolism

Lifting weights increases your metabolism. And this is amazing because we have to eat more, which is always good news. Lifting weights helps put on muscle. Remember the more muscle we have the more calories we burn at rest (Resting muscle tissue burns about six kcals/lb./day at rest) because it is calorically expensive to hold onto muscle. When you go for a run or do cardio, you burn the calories in the moment, but then it’s done. Also, your body learns to burn less and less calories over time doing cardio so it’s not a long time solution.

We have an increment of obese people. We aren’t doing enough to curb our appetites or warrant eating as much as we do. Incorporating lifting weights into our lifestyle will help put all that energy to use. It also doesn’t take as much time either. 2-3 days of a full body routine taking 45-60 minutes is all you need to achieve nice results.

Weight Training: Better Mobility

Something to know is that as we get older, we become more susceptible to injuries. We get injured because: we are either too weak, or get put into an extended position we’ve never been in before under stress. By lifting weights through their full range of motion, you are strengthening those weak points and creating a resilient body that can handle those everyday stressors.

This isn’t the same as being flexible. Being flexible means having a full range without the stability and control. You need to practice getting into those positions with added weight, so you can build the main muscle and stabilizing muscles to handle the deceleration. You can also choose exercises to challenge all angles and ranges. Our bodies are meant to move back and forth, side to side, diagonal, you name it. There are endless exercises you can choose from to allow your body to perform functionally and effectively.

Increased Bone Density

Following a proper resistance training program will place a stress on your bones that causes microfractures. Weight training will make them get stronger over time making your bones denser and stronger. By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. When we get older, we are more prone to slips and falls causing our frail bones to break. This is why it’s important to start lifting early to minimize these incidents.