OPINION: The Benefits of Weight Lifting



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Darryl Taylor, OwlFeed Opinion Reporter

Consistently weight lifting is very beneficial to your physical and mental life in ways you probably didn’t know. Weightlifting can boost your mood, confidence and help your metabolism.

Before the 19th century weight lifting was not a thing and was not required to be strong, because the day today lives of men would have them do all kinds of labor already. However, in the modern age, the average day to day life requires little muscle strength. So unless you have a somewhat rigorous workout routine you most likely cannot lift your own body weight.

From Mayoclinic.org, some benefits of weight lifting are as follows; weight lifting can decrease the chance of getting osteoporosis by increasing your bone density, protect you from joint injury, increase your metabolism to help you lose weight, reduce the chances of getting chronic diseases and healthline.com states, “Skeletal muscle helps increase insulin sensitivity. It also reduces blood sugar levels by removing glucose from the blood and sending it to muscle cells”.

So weight lifting has some obvious physical benefits and other lesser-known ones. But, there are some mental benefits that come with weight lifting, well with consistent exercise in general.

Mayoclonic.org says “Some research suggests that regular strength training and aerobic exercise may help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults”. Not only that but Lancastergeneralhealth.org also said, “Across all studies, weight training benefitted mood”, furthermore saying, “People who were depressed before the study showed improvement. Those not depressed were less likely to become depressed than people who did not do weight training. The number of work-outs or repetitions, or whether people gained muscle strength made no difference” (Snell). Not only that but healthline.com says that working increases your self esteem. They say, “It helps you overcome challenges, work toward a goal, and appreciate your body’s strength. In particular, it can increase your self-efficacy”.

With all this information we can see that weightlifting and exercise, in general, have a great impact on your physical and mental well-being. It will help you against depression and against joint pains that will come as you get older.

It’s really not hard to get started, you could start with 15 pushups scattered throughout your day. Once you’re making progress you can experience the satisfaction of it. Working out only has benefits, getting you in better shape, making you more confident and it will have you feeling more satisfaction from life.