The topic of weight lifting and it’s many benefits to men has been a controversial topic within the fitness industry, social discourse and medical field. Scientific research over the years has discovered many indisputable facts concerning the health benefits associated with weight training and lifting. Studies have not only uncovered the many benefits associated with weight training but have given recommendations to effective workout practices and diet programs required to attain and maintain healthy mind and body.
It is a proven fact that weight training for men is both safe, effective and healthy for all ages regardless of their health conditions. In fact it has been widely documented that most men with health concerns such as arthritis and heart diseases have benefitted tremendously from weight training exercises including lifting weights 3 to 4 times each week.
When done in conjunction with an aerobic exercise program, weight training has a profound positive impact on a person’s mental and physical state of wellbeing. Such benefits achieved from weight training include reducing the signs and symptoms from a variety of diseases including diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and depression.
Strength and weight training has been proven effective in the ease of pain experienced from the occurrence of mild to severe arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by increasing muscle strength, overall physical appearance and body structure thus decreasing the symptoms associated by over 43 percent within a period of six weeks.
As the body ages, we tend to experience loss in balance and flexibility which many times inevitably result in fractures of broken bones by falling and tripping over objects or ourselves. Strength training and weight lifting exercises through full body motion has been known to increase the balance, flexibility, bone structure and mass of a person reducing the likelihood of the person falling and injuring themselves.
Weight loss and weight control are other vital benefits of weight training as increased metabolic rates are generally associated with increased muscle mass. Muscle tissue has the tendency to consume calories at an accelerated rate as opposed to fatty tissues stored within the body. Weight training has been found to increase the metabolic rate as much as 15 percent contributing significantly to weight loss and control.
The amount of Americans diagnosed with type II diabetes has increased by over 300 percent in the last 40 years to more than 14 million people. Diabetes today is one of the leading contributors in blindness, heart disease and renal disease in older males and females. Research however has shown that changes in a person’s lifestyle by incorporating weight training has a significant and positive impact in allowing a person to effectively manage and control their diabetes without the use of prescribed medications. Those who embarked on a weight training program were found to become stronger, more muscular, lost weight, more confident and showed less signs of depression.
Vast improvements in a person’s state of mind has been associated with weight training exercises as men who exercised regularly were found to experience improved quality of sleep as they slept for longer hours, went to bed easier, enjoyed a deeper level of sleep and awoke less frequently. Such results are generally achieved through the use of certain types of medications yet weight training provides all the benefits and without the side effects. Many elderly men who have active weight training routines keeping the brain active were found to have an attuned body and nervous system allowing effective coordination of body movement which reduced the risk of developing Sarcopenia.
Men who suffer from cardiac health issues have found weight training highly important in their daily routine as the risk for a potential heart attack is greatly reduced when in a person with a healthy physique. Such patients have gained strength and flexibility and even some levels of aerobic capability when they implemented a weight training program 3 to 4 times each week reducing the risk of heart disease and providing their bodies with improved therapy. During weight training the body’s blood flow increases thus lowering arterial stiffness contributing to cardiovascular health improvements.
Although jogging, running, cycling, swimming and walking has been proven to have rewarding and excellent health benefits including cardiovascular fitness improvements, maintaining heart and lung function for endurance they lack the ability to increase muscle mass provided by weight training. Men who lift weights 2 to 3 times each week experience increased strength, muscle mass and bone structural density.
With the vast amount of health benefits available through weight lifting, it should be greatly observed that one should be thoroughly educated how to perform and respective training procedures and where necessary have a professional coach or trainer present to ensure they do not injure themselves. Weight lifting when done improperly cannot just be ineffective but can lead to diminishing returns which can really put a damper on your efforts.