What You Don’t Know About Weight-Lifting Can Help You Live Longer, Sleep Better

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THE LESSER-KNOWN BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LIFTING
It’s no secret that exercise does wonders for your health and happiness—regular fitness has been linked with boosting energy, relieving stress, helping with everyday tasks and so much more. For definitive proof, look no further than the mounting scientific research, which has been adding authority to the already-long list of exercise benefits. 

When you think of exercise, though, do you typically think of runners and cyclists? If so you’re not alone, but you should know that the vast benefits that come with aerobic exercise extend to anaerobic exercise (like weight lifting). Take a look at our list and then start training to reap the rewards.

WEIGHT LOSS
You probably know that a regular weight lifting regimen will increase muscle mass, but did you know it could also help you lose weight? Muscle is much more metabolically active than fat, which means it’s more efficient at burning calories. In fact, a recent study found that lifting weights was especially helpful in burning troublesome belly fat. The takeaway: start lifting weights, it can help you slim down.

HEALTHIER MUSCLES AND BONES
Researchers at Tufts University—and many others—report that weight lifting could help prevent and reverse muscle and bone loss. Weight bearing exercise, especially slow and controlled moves like squats and lunges with weight, stress the bones and muscles in a way that promotes fortification and growth. This information is especially important for elderly people, but certainly should not be overlooked by those at any age.

IMPROVED LONGEVITY
Just about all forms of exercise will give you a better shot at a longer (and healthier) life, but it seems that lifting weights, in particular, is a makeshift fountain of youth. Researchers from UCLA found a correlation between muscle mass and longer life. Essentially, the study found that the more muscle mass you have, the less likely you are to die prematurely.

REDUCED SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Thanks to research, we know that aerobic exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression and in many cases it can be just as effective as anti-depressants. As it turns out, research suggests that those benefits can also be achieved through anaerobic exercise, like weight lifting.

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Source: The Active Times | Diana Gerstacker

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