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9 Reasons Why You Should Do Weightlifting Regularly

By: Shubham Ghosh

Exercising is good for our health, we all know, but do we know why weightlifting is particularly important? Also known as strength exercise, weightlifting involves using resistance to induce contraction of the muscle, which in turn enhances our strength, anaerobic endurance, etc.

Weightlifting or strength training can be done either at home or in the gym, and it has a number of benefits - be it keeping diseases at bay, boosting our mood, etc.

Here we list 9 reasons for doing weightlifting regularly, take a look:


1. Reduces Belly Fat:

Reducing belly fat is the toughest thing to do and weightlifting facilitates it. High-intensity training reduces belly fat faster than the cardioexercises. Weight training, in a nutshell, gives you a well-toned body.


2. Reduces Weight:

Lifting weight helps in burning our body fat, both during and after the exercise. When the body uses more oxygen, it requires to spend more calories and therefore - a raised metabolic rate. This, in turn, helps in shedding extra kilos and maintaining the weight. Through weightlifting, the lean muscle mass gets increased and you help your body to use calories more efficiently.


3. Reduces Diabetes:

Weightlifting helps the body to respond to insulin better, improves the way it uses sugar. This reduces the risk of diabetes as well as reduces weight and risk of heart disease.


4. Good For The Heart:

Weightlifting improves the heart's pumping and improves its overall strength. It reduces the resting heart rate, which means the heart has to take less pressure, thus protecting itself against various ailments. Weightlifting also treats hypertension.


5. Makes The Bones Stronger:

Regular weightlifting improves the density of the bones and reduces the risk of diseases like osteoporosis, especially in women. This activity also reduces the risk of falls or injuries caused by falls, bettering the overall quality of life in case of osteoporotic patients.


6. Treats Depression:

Weightlifting reduces the problems of depression and improves the mood, and betters the patient suffering with anxiety and depression. Weightlifting releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals, that keep problems like anxiety and depression at bay.


7. Betters Coordination Between Body Parts:

Weightlifting betters coordination between various parts of the body. It especially improves the body's balance in older people.


8. Improves Sleep:

Studies have shown that resistance training improves the quality of sleep in adults. Weightlifting in the morning has a good effect on the night's sleep - both in terms of quantity and quality.

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 20:30 [IST]
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