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Saturday 19 April 2014

Siobhan Byrne: 10 Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights

10 Reasons why you should lift

Lifting heavy weights or any type of strength training has the obvious benefits of better shape with leaner muscle, but that's not all it has to offer.

1/ Stress: Strength training is a great way to reduce stress levels.

2/ Better shape: You can create the illusion of a symmetrical, well-balanced body using weights.

3/ Long Calorie Burning: Lifting weights will burn calories for up to 48 hours after training.

4/ Osteoporosis: Weight training will help increase the strength of the muscles around the bones and even the bone density.

5/ Posture: Strong, well-balanced muscles will automatically mean better posture, and this, in turn, will help prevent neck and back pain.

6/ Increased metabolism: Strength training will help speed up the metabolism.

7/ Look leaner: Muscle takes up less space for the same amount of fat. Having more muscle can mean not just a stronger but a leaner you.

8/ Helps prevent against heart-related diseases: Strength training will help build muscle, which in turn helps remove glucose from the bloodstream, which can help reduce the risk of diabetes.

9/ Prevents injuries and protects tendons: Strength training helps prevent injuries and protect tendons.

10/ Focus from results: Results from good weight training can be seen very quickly, which can keep you more focused to reach the goals you really want to achieve.

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