Mental Health – Exercise can have many benefits on your emotional health too. It releases endorphins which are commonly known as the ‘feel good’ hormone and comes from the sense of achievement we feel after we’ve pushed through physical and mental challenges during a workout session.
What are some benefits of weight lifting?
Here are the top three benefits we think come from free lifting from a physical and an emotional standpoint:
Appearance – Many people who do regular weight lifting as part of their gym routine also enjoy the physical aspects of their appearance, as they can see the changes in their body as they get stronger. Many Instagram users often document their free lifting journey using the #strongnotskinny hashtag as they progress and their physique improves.
Mental Health – There are also benefits to your emotional health through a feeling of accomplishment by setting milestones and hitting your own personal goals and targets. It can be hugely motivating and can lead to an improved positive mindset and sense of self.
Confidence – An improved body image can really help with your self-esteem and confidence which lead to being more assertive in both your personal and professional life.
Types of weight lifting exercises
There are different weight lifting exercises. The most popular ones are as follows:
Following the exercises closely below, do three sets of each and eight to twelve repetitions of each set, when you can do 12 then start to increase the weight.
Do the push-ups in a slow and controlled manner – there’s no need to rush! As a rule of thumb, go two seconds down and then two seconds back up. After you finish one set of the push-ups, get your back on the floor and do the press.
Lay on your back on the floor, pick up the dumbbells, and do the press toward the ceiling. Remember to be slow and controlled, concentrating on your chest muscles and the exercise itself. Then stop to rest for two minutes and start your next set.
Start with no weight and once you are more confident, then begin to introduce dumbbells. Push your buttocks back as you squat down to keep the pressure off your knees.
At the gym vs at home
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of both going to the gym or deciding to stay at home for your weight lifting workout:
Access to specialist equipment including cardio & resistance machines and even, swimming pools and spa facilities in some gyms and health clubs.
Dedicated personal trainers on hand for advice, support and guidance to help you achieve your weight lifting goals
Seeing other gym member’s results from weight lifting can be hugely motivating
An annual or monthly gym membership can be expensive
The weight lifting section of the gym can be daunting for some people especially if you’re a beginner and you may prefer the privacy of your own home.
Free weight lifting from home with no membership to pay
You’re not restricted by the gym’s opening hours
Basic weight lifting equipment can often be found online at affordable prices
Advanced gym equipment can be an expensive investment and may be impractical for some people as it generally takes up a lot of space in the home.
No access to personal trainers or group classes for support and guidance.