You’ll feel less stressed
Studies have shown that exercising can reduce your stress levels for the whole day. Strength training in the morning could prepare your body and mind to deal with the stress ahead of you, says McDaniels. “If you’re having a stressful work situation…absolutely work out before you come to work if you can,” he says. But hitting the weight room any time of day could help, he says.
Your program won’t look how you pictured
When it comes to weightlifting, most people think of bicep curls, but those aren’t actually the best for beginners, says Singer. “That’s a very isolated exercise – you’re working a very small muscle group there,” he says. “You want to start off using your body together as opposed to isolating one muscle group.” Moves like push-ups, bench presses and dumbbell rows use more muscles, he says.
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You’ll work muscles you never use
Weight lifting targets muscles that you rarely work in your day-to-day life. You are using muscles you literally didn’t know you had, says Singer. You might run into a learning curve while you figure out what it feels like to use those muscles, but you should get the hang of it in a couple of weeks.
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