Yes, that’s me above, before I ever started caring about my strength on the left and my current self on the right. Still nowhere near where I’d like to be, but it’s a start. Lifting and training my strength has been nothing but a positive journey, and it’s something every human on this planet has no excuse not to do. There’s an endless number of reasons why you should train your physical strength, but I’ll go ahead and outline just 10:
1) Weight training helps you burn more calories, while putting on lean muscle.
Everyone loves cardio when it comes to burning calories, but there is research that shows you burn more calories in the hours after a weight session compared to a cardio session. You can keep burning those calories for hours or even days after a weight session. Not to mention, weight training builds – you guessed it – muscle.
2) You should understand what your body is capable of.
Everyone should know how strong they currently are and how much stronger they can become. How many push-ups can you do? pull-ups? your max rep on a deadlift? All of these transfer to real life skills as well: pulling yourself out of a burning building, lifting a heavy object of the floor, etc. Test and know yourself.
3) You’ll look more attractive.
4) You will be more confident.
Lifting weights produces neurotransmitters such as endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. This will increase confidence, make you happier, and help with negative mood disorders such as anxiety and depression! Plus, building a killer body makes you feel great about yourself in general.
5) It teaches discipline & patience.
Strength and muscle building takes time. You learn a great deal about being disciplined with your training, nutrition, sleep, and schedule. It’s a process that can’t be rushed, and the rewards are so sweet when you know you’ve stayed on course and put in the required work over time.
6) Prevents disease.
Exercise keeps the body healthy, which in turn helps you fight off disease. Strength training can reduce or prevent a variety of ailments including obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, and arthritis, just to name a few.
7) It’s a personal accomplishment that’s all on YOU!
You’re the one in charge here. You do all the work and get all the results and benefits. No one else gets the privilege of being a part of it except for YOU.
8) You’ll look even better naked.
Again, ’nuff said.
9) You’ll look younger.
Strength training makes you healthier overall, which in turn makes you look younger due to all of the positive benefits on your body. You age well when you stay in shape. There has actually been some evidence that it can slow down and reverse aging on the genetic level. Look at my above picture: I look a bit younger on the right-hand side, after I started training strength.
10) There is absolutely zero reason on why you shouldn’t.
I’ve seen no solid evidence on why anyone shouldn’t build strength. In fact, I’m going to just say it: no such evidence exists. Every human on this planet should train strength in some way, shape or form.
No go pick up something heavy, my friends!