3 Reasons to Start Weight Training
Learn more about how resistance and weight training can change your daily life
Have you been looking for a new weight training routine to shake things up? It’s not uncommon to find yourself on the treadmill for the same amount of time multiple times per week. Or to find yourself barely breaking a sweat in your neighborhood barre class. Or even, to find yourself not exercising at all.
Don’t get us wrong – cardio, barre, yoga – they’re all great exercise options too, but adding resistance training to your other routines can make a huge difference in your progress. There are many benefits to lifting weights, but we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites below.
1. It can improve your mood.
Many studies show us that exercise can greatly improve our mood. Not only does it get your blood pumping and your endorphins flowing, but it can also be a good way to practice mindfulness and take a break from your every day worries. Many people also find a strong community in small gyms that offer personal weight training. Not to mention, when you start to see positive changes in your body, it can lead to positive changes in your mood.
2. It may improve brain health, even reducing/reversing memory loss.
A recent New York Times article highlighted a study that showed cognitive improvement in rats when they lifted weights. While we recognize that this hasn’t yet been proven in a study with humans, it’s safe to say even a small chance of improved brain health is enough for us to hit the gym.
3. It may improve your metabolism.
Weight training focuses on your muscles, building lean muscle mass as you continue to lift. Because muscle burns more energy than fat, having more lean muscle may lead to a boost in your metabolism.
As if these aren’t reasons enough to get started with weight training, did we mention it’s also fun? If you’re interested in toning your body, improving your mood, or simply meeting some great new people in Durham, contact us today to learn more about The Method.