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Weight Training. Here is why I LOVE it…and you should too

August 02, 20233 min read

Hello, everyone! Dr. Hassan Akram here, Winter Gardens’ fave concierge physician. Today, I want to talk about a topic that gets me super PUMPED!  Exercise!!!  Particularly the benefits of weight training on overall health. So, let's dive in!


When it comes to staying healthy, regular exercise is a key ingredient in the recipe for well-being. While there are various forms of exercise, weight training stands out as a powerful and effective way to boost your overall health.  Here are the top ten reasons why YOU should incorporate weight training in your fitness routine:

  1. Strengthens Muscles and Bones: Weight training involves using resistance, such as dumbbells or weight machines, to challenge your muscles. As you consistently lift weights, your muscles get stronger, promoting better balance, stability, and overall physical strength. Additionally, weight training helps increase bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

  2. Supports Weight Management: If you're looking to manage your weight, weight training can be your ally. As you build lean muscle mass, your body becomes more efficient at burning calories, even at rest. This increased metabolic rate aids in weight loss and maintenance.

  3. Enhances Joint Health: Contrary to the myth that weight training harms joints, it can improve joint health. Strengthening the muscles around your joints provides better support and reduces the strain on them. However, it's essential to perform weight training with proper form to avoid injury.

  4. Boosts Cardiovascular Health: While weight training primarily focuses on muscles, it also has cardiovascular benefits. Engaging in weightlifting workouts that keep your heart rate up can improve cardiovascular endurance and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  5. Manages Chronic Conditions: Weight training has proven to be beneficial for individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure. It can help manage these conditions by improving insulin sensitivity, joint flexibility, and blood pressure levels.

  6. Improves Mood and Mental Health: Exercise, including weight training, stimulates the release of endorphins—natural feel-good chemicals in your brain. This leads to a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression, helping you maintain a positive outlook on life.

  7. Enhances Brain Function: Physical activity has been linked to better cognitive function and memory retention. Weight training may promote neuroplasticity—the brain's ability to form new neural connections.

  8. Increases Energy Levels: As you build strength and endurance through weight training, you'll notice an increase in your energy levels. This can improve your productivity and overall zest for life.

  9. Promotes Better Sleep: Regular exercise, including weight training, can improve sleep quality. Getting enough restorative sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being.

  10. Fosters a Sense of Achievement: Weight training allows you to set and achieve fitness goals. This sense of accomplishment can boost your self-confidence and inspire you to take on new challenges in other aspects of life.

Before starting any exercise program, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns.

Incorporating weight training into your routine can work wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned gym-goer, gradually increase your weight and challenge yourself to reach new heights.

Remember, consistency is key. Start with a realistic plan, stay committed, and enjoy the journey to a healthier, stronger you.

Wishing you all the best on your fitness journey!

Dr. Hassan Akram



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