Weight training is suitable for all ages and has many benefits - here are our top 4 reasons to weight train.

1. Weight training is great for your health

“To me, resistance training is one of the most important forms of training for overall health and wellness” - Kaisa, Radiate Fitness and Leisure. Weight lifting can help you lose fat, build muscle and so much more. Lifting weights increase the number of calories you burn because after each strength workout your muscles need the energy to repair their fibres. Doing a circuit of weights approximately 8 weight movements can expand 160-230 calories and only takes about 8 minutes.

2. Weight training is good for both men and women

Many women skip the weight room for fear that strength training will make them look bulky. When in fact by weight training you can build lean muscle and muscle is a mechanically active tissue where carbohydrates and body fat are burned and used as energy. If you want a lean and toned body you must engage in strength training.

3. Injury free

Lifting weights also help bones toughen up and studies show that muscles will be stronger, therefore, lowering the risk of fractures and injuries. Using weights leads to total body strength and can be linked to lowering risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

4. Boosts your mood!

Muscle training strengthens your body and your mind and by lifting, weights can have psychological benefits too. You get an instant release of feel-good hormones called endorphins. You enjoy a feeling of accomplishment after you finish your workout. Your endurance level is increased so you have more energy to tackle life challenges.

Getting started with a weight training programme

When first getting started with weight training it is recommended to join a gym and get a balanced programme suited to your individual needs by a qualified gym instructor. A qualified instructor will show you the proper exercise techniques so you won’t injure yourself and allow you get the most out of each routine.

Sign up for a free trial in Radiate Fitness and Leisure to discuss a fitness plan with our qualified instructors and check our classes on weight training.

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