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John's Blog: Lift weights? Why? Because!

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I am back from vacation. I assume that since it has been a few weeks since Because! #2, you are all actively building stronger muscles and improving your health by lifting weights. Just in case there are still some stragglers, I'll give you four more Because! reasons to start.

#9. Your heart will be healthier! University of Michigan research has found that individuals who completed three total-body strength training workouts a week for only two months decreased their diastolic blood pressure by an average of eight points. That's enough to reduce the risk of stroke by 40 percent and the chance of a heart attack by 15 percent.

#10. You will be way more productive! Research has actually found that workers were 15 percent more productive on days that they exercised before work compared to days they didn't. Do you think that your boss will reward you if you do more than nine hours of productive work in your normal eight hour workday?

#11. You will live longer! University of South Carolina researchers discovered that total-body strength is linked to lower risks of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. The scientists found that being strong during middle age is associated with "exceptional survival," which is defined as living to the age of 85 without developing a major disease.

#12. You will be smarter! Muscles not only strengthen your body, but also your mind. Mind-body research done in Brazil found that six months of resistance training enhanced lifters' cognitive function. Strength training resulted in better short- and long-term memory, improved verbal reasoning, and a longer attention span. 

That completes twelve aspects of life that nearly everyone would like to improved upon, and they can all happen just by doing exercises that will make your muscles stronger. This is not a magic pill. It would take 30-45 minutes of your time two to three days a week, but we already easily waste that much time during a normal week. The end result of a little hard work every week will heap huge rewards toward your quality and length of life. Good luck and enjoy life!