Author: Tina Barrett
Summer is right around the corner, now is the time to start getting into shape. Everyone wants to look good and with the skimpy clothes of summer, not to mention bathing suits, it really takes on more importance. But being healthy is also extremely important, and even though you may workout to look good, you will still be getting all the health benefits of fitness and weight training. Here are the top 3 benefits of fitness and weight training.
The first health benefit of fitness and weight training is...losing weight. Many of todays deadliest diseases such as: heart disease, diabetes, stroke, can be linked, either directly or indirectly, to obesity. So if you lose weight you can potentially lower your cholesterol and hopefully prevent some of these diseases from attacking you.
The second health benefit to fitness and weight training is lowering the stress on your body. Your body wasn't designed to carry around all that extra weight. Not only is it hard on your heart it is also a real stress on your joints, especially your knees, which will only get worse over time. A good fitness and weight training routine will help in two ways: it will enable you to lose weight thus freeing up a lot of joint stress and it will actually help strengthen the muscles around your knees making it easier for your knees to help support you.
When your connective tissues are strong and not so prone to injury you can keep active much later in life which can again help ward off many potentially life threatening diseases. If you can remain active and keep the aches and pains at bay, you've just taken a great step forward in a longer, healthier, happier life. That's definitely worth a trip to the gym!
The third benefit to fitness and weight training is that as you build muscle you are also 'ramping up' your metabolism. That means that no matter what activities you are doing your metabolism is working more effectively. So even if you're on the couch watching t.v. your metabolism is burning calories at a greater rate than it would be if you had less lean muscle mass. Now, there's no need to worry, I'm not talking about 'bulking up' that's not necessary. Just a nice toned body will help keep your metabolism boosted all day every day.
You've probably heard people say that muscle burns more calories than fat. So if you do a consistent fitness and weight training routine, build up a nice muscle tone, you've helped your body work more efficiently, you'll also look hot too!
So, there you have it. The three main benefits of fitness and weight training. All you need to do is add a little activity everyday and build up gradually. And remember, before you start any exercise program you should always see your doctor first to make sure you are healthy enough. Your doctor can also give you some tips on nutrition issues as well. Good luck on your fitness and weight loss goals!
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