If you keep thinking exercise is just for weight loss- read on for more benefits!

• Weight Loss/maintaining a healthy weight
• Improves libido
• Reduces the risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, as well as many other life-threatening diseases
• Self-esteem and mood become more positive
• Fewer pain injuries
• Develop more muscular endurance
• Strength, which gives you confidence and makes daily activities easier
• More muscle means higher fat burning metabolism
• More muscle means a stronger immune system
• Gaining muscle lowers blood pressure and strengthens bones
• Strength training increases energy levels
• Weightlifting improves athletic performance
• Strength training improves physical appearance
• Weightlifting helps relaxation, promoting a good night’s sleep while combating stress
• Strength training improves balance and coordination
• Muscle mass typically declines 30% in ages 35 to 65, training prevents much of this loss
• Lowers your resting heart rate, a sign of a more efficient heart
• Increases your blood level of HDL cholesterol (the good type)
• Decreases gastrointestinal transit time, reducing your risk for developing colon cancer
• Raises your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Increasing your BMR causes you to burn more calories 24 hours a day. You will even burn more calories while you’re sleeping!