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Monday, January 23, 2017

4 More Reasons Why You Should Be Lifting Weights

Have you gotten into an exercise rut and only hit the treadmill at the gym? Cardio is a great way to support your mental and physical health. But, you’ll find that most trainers recommend incorporating weight-bearing exercises into your routine too.

If you’re working on your sobriety, strength training can boost your mood, support your healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of relapse.

Need a little motivation? Here are four reasons why you should try lifting weights on a regular basis.

(1) You’ll get more restorative sleep.
Getting plenty of rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and studies have shown that weightlifting can help improve the quality of sleep that you get. In one recent study, researchers found that individuals who pushed themselves at the gym were more likely to sleep through the night and wake up less frequently.

(2) It’s a great way to support a healthy mind.
Weightlifting is a good way to reduce your risk of experiencing anxiety and depression while rebuilding your self-esteem.

(3) Weightlifting is great for your metabolism.
Not only are you burning calories while you work out, but your body also keeps working long after you leave the gym in a process called “physiologic homework." Weight training can boost your metabolism as much as 15 percent and help you maintain a healthy weight.

(4) It can help motivate you to reach other personal and professional goals.
Are you looking to make this a transformative year? If so, weightlifting can play an important role in your life. Bring a notebook with you to the gym and take notes about the number of reps you can complete and how much you’re able to lift. Over time, you just might surprise yourself with the amount of progress you’re able to accomplish. And, you can use that positive momentum to fuel other changes in your life.

As with any form of exercise, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor first before starting a new routine. And, if you haven’t already, talk to your addiction recovery team about incorporating strength training into your overall plan of care.

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