How Weight Training Improves Your Health
When you lift weights, you
Hi, I'm Deb Ferraro with Carlsbad Village Yoga and Fitness, here for About.com. Today we're going to talk about how weight training improves your health.Weight training helps to improve your overall strength. The stronger your muscles are, the less likely you are to get injured when you're going about your daily routines. When bending over, for instance, to lift something, the muscles help support your skeletal structure; bending with the knees and having stronger legs will help prevent back injuries and other injuries that may occur if you don't have the strength to perform a certain kind of task.Weight training is also good for your overall health because it helps to increase your metabolism. The body becomes more efficient at burning calories--the more muscle mass you have, the more energy it takes your body simply to exist, and the more likely you are to reach your ideal weight.Weight training is also good for your health because it helps prevent diseases. When you lift weights, you increase your bone density, and your bones become stronger. They're less fragile and less likely to weaken and break, especially as you age. As a woman, it is extremely important to incorporate weight training into your exercise since it helps prevent osteoporosis.Additionally, weight training is very beneficial to your cardiovascular system. When you work with weights, you get blood pumping through your body, your heart working hard and oxygen traveling to all your extremities, improving circulation. In addition to preventing disease, weight training and exercising in general can improve you psychologically. When you like what you see in the mirror, you're less likely to get depressed -- your perspective changes. Additionally, endorphins are released when you exercise, and those help make you even happier.To learn more about the benefits of weight training, please visit us at About.com.