I am heading up to Big Sure right after this post ( Instagram) so I didn’t have time to dig up the photo of myself that I saw last year that made me get serious about fitness and excercise. But I know the exact image and I will post it next week for sure so you can see the difference. Before I go into the list of reason weights are so good for you I want to tell you a little about my thoughts and experiences in weights in the past. I do have this before and after post if you wanna check it our here, but its not THE photo. I was the girl who had heard that if you lift heavy weights you will get bulky and that is not what I wanted so I would not go above 5 lbs. And then I was doing Tracey Anderson and I would dont go above 3 lbs. I carry a heavy camera around all day as well and still my arms were not getting cut in the back. So when I started tone it up combine with Barry;s Bootcamp a year ago I decided to surrender to the advice of the instructed and go with 8,12, and something 12 lb weights! I know it sounds crazy!
I will be posting short blogs of my favorite arm exercises on my Youtube channel very soon. I would love you feedback on them if you guys have time. Keep reading to hear 3 reasons why weights are great for you!
Three reasons to incorporate weights into your workout:
- Gives your metabolism a boost – When you build muscle, you increase your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), which means that at rest you will burn more calories. So, add weights to your regimen, and feel good knowing that all of your hard work will be paying off long after your workout is over. That will make you feel a lot less guilty on the nights you decide to park on the couch and binge on your favorite Netflix show.
- Builds endurance – Have you ever walked up a flight of stairs and felt like you’d just climbed Mount Everest when you got to the top? That’s because muscle is what gives you the strength to perform many basic daily activities. As you build muscle you’ll start to feel less weak and fatigued and more energetic.
- Improves mental health – There are so many physical benefits from building muscle, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there are a lot of mental benefits too. When you’re doing strength training exercises, endorphins are released that help improve your mood, manage stress, and improve concentration.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this latest Fitness Friday!
Photos by Kara Coleen