Weight lifting is usually associated with muscle built people training and building up their body muscles. But there are more benefits to doing weight training that are not related to muscle building. Weight lifting helps us lose weight while developing and activating the neurological areas of our brain. At the end of a hard day it helps us tune in with our body and relaxes us.
Lifting weights help us burn calories faster than the usual rate. Muscles are “metabolically active”, i.e., they burn calories even though we are not exercising. The muscle tissue burn 7 to 10 calories per day, while fat burns only 2 to 3 calories per day. Lifting weights include strength training that helps the body burn more fat tissues than lose unfavorable weight from the muscle and bones.
According to Wolff’s law bones grow in response to the forces applied on it. Basically according the pressure strained on the bones, it becomes stronger. For example weight-bearing exercises like dead lifts and overhead pressures and squats put pressure on the muscles surrounding the joints, which apply force on the joints . This makes the joint bones to become stronger and healthier by building up the bone mineral density.
Stress builds up on the back and neck for everyone where it is usually associated. Weight and strength training helps release this tension. While working out the body releases endorphins that make the body and mind feel good.
Our muscles in our bodies are part kinetic chain that are linked with other muscles. An uneven weaken of a link can lead to major problems else where. Example weakening of hip muscles contribute to back pain. Back pain makes us slouch resulting in hunched shoulders and a bad posture. Lifting weights can reverse this bad posture through multi-joint compound exercise that put most of the joints into motion. It tunes the body to stay fit and aligned that contribute to a good posture. Weight lifting opens the chest area and increases movement in the shoulder joint.
Memory and brain health:
During training, according to Researchers from Columbia University Irving Medical Center discovered that while working out, the body releases a hormone called irisin that helps with neuronal growth in the area of the brain which deals with learning and memory. Training also increases the oxygen rich blood to the brain with increases neuroplasticity, i.e., the brain’s ability to create new connections and adapt to new environments. Neuroplasticity helps with handling situations under stress and keeps the person sharp and attentive to any change in the environment.
At the end of each workout we are in tune with our body and how it works. We learn cognitive skills and test our response skills to execute the trainer’s cues on the different exercises. It clears the mind and helps us become aware of our different senses. We become in tune with our body and mind.