An issue of Prevention (49:72-73; 1997) devoted an article to pumping iron, ‘Why Weight Training Is Essential.’ It explains that there’s more to lifting than building ‘big, rippling muscles.
‘Every day researchers seem to discover yet another reason why strength training may be the fountain of youth.’
Aside from the obvious benefits, such as more strength, muscle, bone density and metabolic activity, it helps reduce the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, lower-back pain, arthritis pain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It also improves balance, mood, digestion and sleep.
So, even if you’re hitting the iron for big, rippling muscles, you’re getting quite a few health side effects too. IM