Not just for big muscles
Health benefits of lifting weights go beyond getting buff
An exercise regimen that includes regularly lifting weights has a host of physical and mental-health benefits (beyond getting buff), particularly the older you get:
• Strengthening bone: Strength-training increases bone density and reduces an individual’s risk of fractures.
• Maintaining proper weight: Muscle is active tissue that consumes calories, while stored fat uses little energy; therefore, those with more muscle have a higher metabolic rate.
• Heart health: The risk of heart disease is lower when the body is leaner; weightlifting also improves aerobic capacity.
• Mental health: Strength-training can improve self-esteem and self-confidence.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention