Pumping iron, or weight training, will build stronger muscles and bones to improve your posture and keep your body in balance. Stronger muscles will help prevent injuries at work or playing sport. Weight training helps to tone, lift, firm, and shape your body. Weight training can increase your lean body mass and therefore increase your metabolism. Pumping iron will improve your mental outlook and make you feel more confident and assertive in your daily life.
Even if you think you’re too old or too out of shape to get into weight training, it’s never too late to start. A survey conducted in 2019 shows that people who didn’t start exercising on a regular basis until they were in their 50s (or even 60s) will still reap the benefits compared to people who have been working out most of their lives.
Once you start with weights and become more physically active, you’ll begin to see results in just a few weeks — you’ll feel stronger and more energetic. You’ll notice that you can do things easier, faster, or for longer than before. This tells you that your body is getting used to a higher level of activity. Now is the time to build on those benefits by doing more.
And here’s the best news. According to research, having stronger muscles is linked to living longer. The study found that people with low muscle strength are 50 per cent more likely to die earlier than their stronger colleagues.