Weight training has evolved tremendously over the past several decades.
As crazy as it sounds today, up until the 1960s many football coaches forbid their players to lift weights because they thought weight training would be detrimental to their quickness, speed, and flexibility.
Times have certainly changed for the better thanks to all the research and studies over the years that have shown weight training to help athletes in all sports become bigger, stronger, and faster.
Rob at age 26 in 1994, and 26 years later at age 52 in 2020
Aside from improving athletic performance, weight training has a host of other benefits. Here are six ways regular weight lifting workouts help keep us looking younger:
Prevents Muscle Loss and Wasting - Men begin to lose 3-5% of their muscle mass every decade after the age of 30. Regular weight training workouts several times a week can help men maintain their muscle mass, preventing muscle atrophy, helping them to look much younger than their age.
Helps in Production of Anti-Aging Hormones - Weight training on a regular basis can help boost testosterone, oxytocin, and progesterone levels.
Improves Brain Function and Well-Being - Lifting weights can help boost dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline levels. These hormones help regulate mood levels, ward off depression, and keep your brain, memory, and cognitive skills functioning sharp.
Slows Cell Aging - Weight training and other forms of regular exercise can help reduce the aging process by lengthening the telomeres, which are the caps located at the end of your chromosomes. Telomeres become shorter as we age, so activities that prevent the shortening of telomeres can help improve the odds of our longevity.
Boosts Metabolism - Scientific studies have shown that people who lift weights have a higher metabolism. This is why anyone who is serious about losing weight and permanently keeping it off should make weight training workouts part of their regular exercise routine.
Helps Your Skin Looking Young - Intense workouts cause sweating, which helps release toxins through the pores of your skin. One study showed that regular exercisers over the age of 40 had healthier skin that was closer in composition to people in their 20s and 30s.
Whole foods' nutrition and a consistent exercise routine with regular weight training workouts can go a long way in keeping you feeling good and looking young. To learn more contact, Rob Killen, directly for a free 20-minute consultation at peacebenefits.com