The American Journal of Medicine stated that muscle lengthens life more than fat curtails it. If that isn’t a valid reason to hit the gym, then maybe the results from this Australian study are: They just confirmed that women are more sexually attracted to men that look stronger. (Come on, you’ve always suspected that one, right?)
Lifting weights is directly related to your longevity and health as you age, I know, who wants to think about getting old now, but do you really want to look like your dad when you are his age?
Come on, go ahead and flex your right arm, let’s say you have an average build – that one arm holds around five to six pounds of muscle, making up about 10 percent of your body’s muscle.
Now imagine that same, arm without all of the glorious muscle – just a wiggly mass of drooping skin fat hanging there. Totally not going to attract any girls that way. But the point is, that is the amount of muscle mass that each man loses between 24 yrs. old and 50 yrs. old. You heard me right, 5 pounds of muscle converted into fatty skin that hangs off you, and to make matters worse, once you hit 50; you can expect to lose 1% of your muscle mass each year for the rest of your life.
Believe me, you don’t want to lose your muscle, as it leads to a long list of health problems such as stiff joints and weak bones, which leads to arthritis or injury and that dreaded slumped posture, plus increases your chances of developing cardiovascular diseases and a long list of maladies.
That is, unless you decide to take matters into your own hands. You can prevent all of this muscle mass loss, by using every man’s best sidekick – the anti-ageing weapon that you can find at your local gym. Weight lifting and resistance training regularly sends signals to your body telling it to keep your muscle.
Maybe you don’t care about the size of your biceps, etc. but we are positive you do care about having a healthy life; otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article.
Reduces blood pressure
A study performed at the University of Michigan discovered that men who lifted weights three times a week for a period of two months, lowered their blood pressure by 8 points. That might not seem like much, but it’s enough to reduce your risk of having a stroke by 40%.
As we age, we lose bone mass, meaning that the more bone mass you lose, the higher risk of suffering from a hip fracture or something similar. Plus, bone loss causes your back to become more rounded, making your back have a Quasimodo hump. Weight lifting can actually reduce bone loss.
A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, stated that men who regularly lifted weights for 4 months increased their bone density by 3.8%. Imagine if that was just part of your weekly schedule, you would have zero bone loss.
Flexibility isn’t something we often associate with weight lifting, but between 30 and 60 years of age, flexibility naturally decreases by 20 to 50%, making it harder and harder for your joints to perform the simplest movements, such as touching the tips of your toes with your legs flexed. But regular weight training increases flexibility and prevents injury as you age.
These are just some of the benefits you will obtain from regular weight lifting, plus the ones you already know such as getting a firmer body, rev up your metabolism, burning that extra fat that is sitting on your belly and being able to fit into your jeans.