Weightlifting benefits for beginners
Whether you’re eyeing that set of weights or just considering some new machines at the gym, there are all sorts of benefits to weightlifting. These exercises use resistance to increase muscle mass, tone your muscles, and strengthen bones. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommend exercises that strengthen muscles at least twice a week. That includes all major muscle groups: abdomen, arms, back, chest, hips, legs and shoulders. Here’s what happens when you begin lifting weights.
You’ll have more energy
Even though strength training uses a lot of energy, you’ll actually have more stamina for the rest of the day, says personal trainer Dani Singer. “You’re improving your body’s efficiency,” he says. “Everything else becomes easier.” Tasks like walking up the stairs or cooking dinner will suddenly be easier compared to the effort you put in at the gym.
You’ll want to go shopping
When you start seeing your newly toned body, you might want to start showing it off a bit. People often gain confidence when they start lifting weights and start wearing clothes that they were too shy to wear before, says McDaniels.