By LaReine Chabut

Modern living provides every convenience except one: a lot of natural physical activity. Many activities that required people to get up out of the chair and use their muscles no longer exist. The result: People need to add weight training to stimulate their bodies and brains to keep them healthy and strong.

People of all ages — kids, teens, young adults, pregnant women, and older adults — benefit from weight training. The risks of doing nothing are greater than the risks of injury from exercise — even for the frail and elderly.

Whether you’re a beginner who wants to get started safely or you’re already fit and you want to improve your performance, weight training improves your current condition (whatever that is) and helps you achieve your goals of feeling stronger and better about yourself.

Strong muscles help us move better and avoid pain and injury at all stages of life. Weight training provides the following benefits:

  • Increased strength and endurance

  • Improved sleep

  • Reduced stress

  • Enhanced feelings of confidence and well-being

  • Reduced risk of falls

  • Strengthened bones

  • Boosted metabolism for more energy burn around the clock

  • Full, independent living

Because weight training strengthens your muscles and improves your muscular endurance, you’ll naturally have more energy to be more active throughout the day. When you’re physically tired, you’re able to fall asleep more easily and enjoy a deeper, better quality of sleep.

As you’re more refreshed and energetic, you feel better and accomplish more, which improves your mood and confidence level. In this manner, your consistent training stimulates an upward cycle of well-being.

Don’t wait. Get going with a program that is perfect for you. Keep taking the steps you need to achieve stronger, more toned muscles for a fuller, more enjoyable and active life.