Studies that demonstrate the health and fitness benefits of training with weights have been accruing by the dozens.
It has been shown that a regular program of weightlifting can:
- Eliminate obesity (one of the major causes of the worst chronic diseases, as well as earlier death)
- Help regulate the metabolism
- Enhance physical performance in virtually all activities
- Encrease endurance
- Tune up the nervous system
- Make you smarter (because it improves the health of the brain)
- Prevent diabetes
- Reduce visceral fat (the most damaging kind of fat)
- Maintain overall fitness
- Prevent the loss of muscle mass as you age
- Increase joint flexibility
- Increase bone density
- Enhance range of motion
- Improve balance (and reduce the tendency to fall as you get older)
- Improve cardiovascular function
- Increase the acuity of perception (i.e., the effectiveness of your 5 senses)
- Relieve stress (it is increasingly thought that stress is the main cause of most disease)
But, as the late-night TV pitchmen often say, “That’s not all!” There are other benefits to working out with weights…
Strength training helps you look good and feel better emotionally. It dials up self-esteem. It makes you sexier. Lean, strong muscles help you burn calories more quickly and efficiently. A fitness program that incorporates weights has been shown to help manage or cure chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Weightlifting boosts the immune system. It helps you sleep better. Resistance training has been shown to help Parkinson’s patients move better and retain better physiologic function. Weight training decreases the incidence of heart disease. It improves mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, and compromised cognition. It increases alertness. It reduces the pain associated with fibromyalgia. It enhances neural adaptation (how your nervous system recruits and activates muscles). It helps reduce the incidence of injuries when playing sports and when performing everyday activities.
Of course, it increases muscle mass and strength.
And weight training helps you live longer.
Charles Eugster, 93-year-old Advocate for Weightlifting
Regarding that last point, see the video below of the TEDx talk given by Charles Eugster, aged 93 at the time. He is an avid weightlifter, rower, and sportsman (he began weight training at the age of 87). Charles’ main point? Stay active! (And if you want to have a “beach body” into your 80s and 90s, lift weights. You’re still going to want chicks, after all. That never goes away. For more on that, see below.)
Get Started Now with Strength Training
Joe Weider is one of the most respected names in the history of fitness and weight training and his company is a good place to start when you want to begin a weightlifting and workout program. On the Weider site you can get instructional programs that include everything from several weeks’ worth of workouts to nutritional guides; you can get free weights, home gyms, weight benches, workout accessories, and kettlebells. The prices are reasonable.
It’s a one-stop shop for those wanting to pursue one of the most effective and beneficial approaches to fitness, health, and longevity: weightlifting.
Just ask Dr. Charles Eugster and all the other dedicated bodybuilders who are living with vigor into their nineties and beyond.