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5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING

5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING

Strength training or doing weight-bearing exercises such as those using only your body weight has incredible benefits for your body and mind. As if you didn’t already know that weight training is good for your physique (who doesn’t want to be toned all over?), but are you aware that lifting weights is good for your overall health? Here are five health benefits:

1. Fights depression. Weight training creates a mental distraction from the blues. When training, you release the “feel good” endorphins in the brain, which, in turn, put you in a good mood.

2. Cuts down your cancer risk. Studies prove that weight training is just as important in preventing deadly tumors as 1382389210-weighttrainingstaying lean and having a healthy diet. In fact, by implementing a workout routine, you are about 40 percent less likely to die from cancer by having stronger muscles.

3. Protects your heart. Not just cardiovascular activities keep your heart strong. The American Heart Association recommends strength training for preventing heart disease and maintaining heart health. Strength training even helps to improve those with heart conditions.

4. Get better sleep. It has been proven that weight lifting decreases low self esteem, anxiety and depression, all of which can leave you restless at night.

5. Strengthens your bones. Exercise stimulates the bones by placing them under stress, which causes them to build density. Regardless of your age, this can benefit you by increasing or maintaining bone density. MS&F



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