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