Growing up, I wasn’t particularly athletic. Not because I couldn’t be, but because I never really tried. Although I had many hobbies when I was younger (music, horseback riding), none of them were very physically demanding.
When I finally discovered weightlifting in my early 20’s, I was challenged in a whole new way. To be honest, I didn’t love lifting at first. I remember feeling uncoordinated, uncomfortable, and insecure at the gym.
Looking back, I can’t believe how far I’ve come! I think it can be hard to love something when you’re inexperienced – for me, the “fun” part of a hobby doesn’t come until I start to tread water, see progress, and feel confident in what I’m doing.
I’m so glad I pushed through my initial discomfort and continued to learn and train. If I would’ve stopped when the going got tough, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
There are so many reasons to love weightlifting, and I’ve listed my favorite ones below. Hopefully, they will inspire you to head over to the free weights and begin adding some reps to your workout schedule.
1. It can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis, as you probably know, is a relatively common disease of the bones. Unfortunately, women are at increased risk for osteoporosis compared to men, likely due to fluctuating estrogen levels and naturally lower bone density.
In conjunction with a healthy diet, strength training (such as weightlifting) is crucial for building and maintaining strong bones. Stronger bones means less fractures, fewer breakages, and more mobility as you age.
2. You’ll probably sleep better.
Who doesn’t love better sleep? Exercise of any kind can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
I find that I get the best nights’ sleep after a heavy lifting session, when my body is tired and working hard to rebuild the muscles I’ve broken down.
3. You’ll tone up your entire body.
If you work hard, stay consistent, and choose the right program, you’ll see amazing results all over your body.
It’s a common misconception that female weightlifters will start to look “manly” as their training progresses. In my experience, weightlifting sculpts lean muscle, and no matter how heavy I lift, I’ve never seen too much “bulk.”
4. You’ll continue burning calories, even after the workout is complete.
While the benefits of cardio generally stop when the workout is finished, weight training continues to burn calories and build new muscle even while you’re sleeping.
When I’m lifting regularly, my metabolism is on overdrive. I find that I can increase my calories and eat more freely than when I used to strictly stick to a cardio workout.
5. Strength can make everyday life easier.
I’m a mom, so I’m frequently bending down, running, crouching, and lifting to care for my daughter. I’m often carrying her, plus groceries, plus my heavy purse – you get the idea!
Strength training has given me the ability to keep with the demands of my busy lifestyle. It feels great to be able to run, jump, and play with Daphne.
6. It’s a mental workout, too.
My mental strength and tenacity has improved greatly from weightlifting. I’ve seen firsthand the power of positive thinking and believing in yourself. When I’m about to push my limits and hit a new personal record, I’m much more likely to succeed when I think positively and cheer myself on.
I’ve also noticed an improvement in my stress management abilities through lifting heavy. The rush of endorphins and mental focus has definitely helped me get through some tough days.
7. It’s just plain fun.
Last but not least, weightlifting is fun. It’s is a hobby I truly enjoy. There’s something so fulfilling about lifting heavy objects and watching yourself become stronger. I love putting on my music, concentrating, and working on improving myself day to day.
I’ve heard that the best way to stick to any fitness regimen is to find something you love to do, and lifting fills that space for me. I can’t imagine my life without it now.
Thanks for reading! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy week ahead. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow my blog on WordPress and find me on Instagram @haileighsenatore.