1. BURN MORE CALORIES=LOSE MORE WEIGHT
Weight training is the best way to build muscle and change your overall body composition. the benefit of this is that muscle requires more energy to maintain and function so it therefore raises your metabolic rate. iIn simple terms, this means you are burning more calories even when you aren’t doing exercise.

2. STRONGER BONES
To create movement, your muscle contract and shorten, this pulls on the tendons that attach your muscles to bones and so your bones are pulled in a certain direction to create the movement. When you are pulling against resistance, just as this will strengthen your muscles over time, you will also strengthen your bones. This is massively beneficial to ensure that you are less likely to become injured or develop bone relates diseases/issues as you get older.

3. STRONGER HEART/CARDIO GAINS
In contrast to what is currently believed by many, resistance training and cardio do not have to be separate facets of your training. Oddly enough, your heart does not stop pumping when you lift weights rather than going for a jog. Also, the demand on your heart to pump blood to your working muscles when you are weight training is elevated due to the stress placed on your body. Another interesting effect is when you hold your breath or ‘brace’ yourself when you go to squat for example. This breath hold combined with the forces on your body can result in rapid raising in your pulse. So you can achieve cardiovascular benefits from just lifting weights.

4. INCREASED STRENGTH, EVERYTHING FEELS EASIER
If you are stronger, subsequently everything you attempt to do at an certain load or resistance than will feel easier as you can apply more force to that weight/resistance. think of running as an example; if your legs are stronger, you are able to apply ore force to the floor every time your foot hits the floor. This will then mean that you can run for longer as you are using up less energy to apply a greater amount of force.

5. REDUCES RISK OF DIABETES
There is increasing evidence to suggest that weight and strength training can improve your bodies ability to use blood sugar as well as responding better to insulin. These can both mean that you are at a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and all of the negative health risks associated with this disease.

6. ALLEVIATE LOWER BACK PAIN
Lower back pain is often a result of muscle imbalances or weaknesses. By doing the big compound lifts such as deadlift and squats, you can strengthen the all of your ‘core’ muscles which help to brae and support your lower back. this will help to reduce or prevent lower back pains from happening to you.

7. BETTER ABILITY TO PERFORM IN SPORTS
Being strong means you are better able to move powerfully and generate more force in your specific sport. This means you can run/move faster, beat the defender more easily, kick the ball harder etc.

8. EMPOWERING YOURSELF AND YOUR SELF-IMAGE.
If you are stronger and fitter in the gym that lends itself well to you feeling more confident and happier in yourself. You will feel healthier and more capable to take on any challenges you may encounter in your life. It can be incredibly empowering to see the physical changes that have happened to your body. Once you can see these changes in yourself, you will be more likely to commit to further improvements in yourself.

9. LOWER INJURY RISK
Weight training leads to increased strength in your muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments due to the stresses placed on them by the external weights being lifted or moved. When all of these parts of your body are stronger they are better adapted to dealing with excessive strain and so are less likely to become damaged which would result in injury.

10. GET TO EAT MORE
Especially at this time of year with all the Christmas food on offer, this benefit is definitely the best one of all. In order to recover from the stresses of weight training on your body and come back stronger, you have to fuel your body correctly. This means more food, which everyone wants to hear.

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