29 reasons to lift weights (audience participation post)

Happy Feb 29th! In honour of this extra added bonus day of the year, I thought I’d come up with 29 reasons to lift weights.

It’s a bit of audience participation: you get to fill the leap-year inspired bonus spot with the top reason of your own. πŸ™‚

Lifting weights…

1. Builds lean mass, which is healthy, metabolically active, and looks good.
2. Will make you look better than if you don’t lift weights.
3. Helps build a stable, injury-free structure (so you’ll be able to get up out of a chair in old age without going “oof”)
4. Makes you feel awesome (at the time, afterwards, or both!)
5. Turns you into a bona-fide badass.
6. Can transform your physique, whether you feel you’re overweight, carrying too much fat, too skinny or not shapely enough for your liking.
7. Teaches you new things (not something we encounter often as adults)
8. Helps you reach sport and fitness goals, whether that’s to compete in bodybuilding or get better at endurance or team sports.
9. Helps you learn about how your own body works and what its limits are (or aren’t!)
10. Might surprise you: you’re capable of a lot, you know!
11. Is sociable: there are a lot of local folk down at the gym and they’re there most days. They’re nice!
12. Enables you set goals… then smash them to bits.
13. Cranks up your metabolism so you can enjoy more of the food you like.
14. Gives you an excuse to buy new gym kit, clothing and gadgets.
15. Improves your posture.
16. Gives you a pert round booteh, smaller waist, perkier “pecs”.
17. Boosts testosterone, giving you more energy and focus.
18. Helps you sleep better.
19. Gives you an incredible sense of achievement.
20. Builds and enforces mental toughness which you can carry over into other areas of your life.
21. Proves to you just how strong you are – not just in the gym.
22. Helps with body composition (in other words, gives you a helping hand in the battle against excess body fat)
23. Improves self-esteem (you just lifted *how much*? Look at you!)
24. Shakes up your training routine.
25. Has been proven to help offset diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.
26. Makes your clothes fit better (as well as making you look better without them on).
27. Gives you a great conversation starter (“This is Sarah, she likes making her own jam, and this is Amanda, she likes deadlifting her own bodyweight…”)
28. Gives you a quick-blast option for raising the heart rate, burning calories and blasting body fat, even when time is tight.

And 29….what’s your reason for lifting weights? Let me know in the comments!

29 reasons to lift weights (audience participation post) is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

17 Responses to 29 reasons to lift weights (audience participation post)

  1. Vaguechera says:

    Errrrmmm, makes you really useful when heavy stuff needs to be moved?


    • thefitwriter says:

      Yes, that’s actually a really valid one! (Can you tell I banged out this blog post in literally a couple of minutes – please don’t tell me I’ve duplicated any points and/or missed a really obvious one like “It makes you strong”) Mad busy day but the whole “29th” thing seemed to much of a bloggy-opportunity to miss! x


  2. Helen G says:

    Gives you functional strength for your chosen sport. In my case lifting weights makes me faster at swimming, and swimming fast makes me very happy!


  3. Karen says:

    Sorry, a little deep…
    Gives me a positive outlook on body image,giving me the physical and mental strength to recover from an eating disorder πŸ™‚
    Great post and I agree with every one of your reasons!


  4. Vee says:

    Why do I lift weights? = why wouldn’t you? πŸ˜€


  5. Because after you do it for a while, you can lift yourself up from a ledge or piece of cliff if you’re falling off!


  6. growingmuscle says:

    I like the feeling of explaining the level of commitment and hard work to someone admiring your physique and the ego boost when they ask you to help them!


  7. Fifi says:

    It’s fun shock value seeing people’s reaction when you can actually leg/bench press the weight you’ve chosen, LoL!


  8. To watch guys faces at the gym when you lift more than them πŸ˜‰ xx


  9. fitness says:

    I can do more push ups than my husband! I am woman.


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