In the 1930s, young Canadian Joe Weider developed a passion for bodybuilding, a sport then rather confidential and not taken seriously. With his brother, they will build in a few decades the Weider empire, the IFBB, the magazines, and will make bodybuilding known throughout the world. Their Leit Motiv? Training with weights – strength training – would be the best method of prevention against many diseases and the best way to slow down aging. Bodybuilding at the service of health? More than 60 years later, scientific research proves them right. Strengthening muscle mass would protect against degeneration, sarcopenia (age-related loss of muscle mass), metabolic disorders such as diabetes, overweight, depression, and many other pathologies related to lack activity and poor nutrition. No, bodybuilding is not only used to inflate your muscles!
- 1 YOU ARE NO LONGER AFRAID OF FAT
- 2 YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
- 3 YOU PRESERVE YOUR BONE CAPITAL
- 4 YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR MOBILITY
- 5 YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR BACK
- 6 YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS
- 7 YOU IMPROVE YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH
- 8 YOU REDUCE THE RISK OF DIABETES
- 9 YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART
- 10 YOU INCREASE YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY
YOU ARE NO LONGER AFRAID OF FAT
Improving body composition is one of the main objectives that we seek to achieve when we decide to practice bodybuilding: burn fat, strengthen our abdominal strap, grow our pecs or our arms, etc. . This simple approach makes all the difference. Once you take charge of your physical appearance through training and a diet dedicated to your goal, the obsession with gaining fat, weight or not fitting into your favorite clothes gradually disappears. This fear of gaining weight, linked to the loss of control, is often at the origin of disorders which reinforce the gain of fat: guilt, fear and stress cause food impulses which are no longer within the framework of control. Practicing bodybuilding regularly and eating healthy, the “bodybuilding lifestyle”, is an effective response to your impulses that are beyond you.. By setting up a food program and training specific to your expectations, you take control of yourself and gradually eliminate the fear that almost the majority of the population knows: not pleasing yourself, not pleasing others because of of an appearance that does not correspond to you. Bodybuilding makes you a fat burning machine. Indeed, the recruitment of fast fibers by training with weights is very energy-intensive and still burns calories several days after a session. The more muscle you build, the more easily your body burns fat…even from a piece of pizza.
YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
Taking control of your appearance may seem futile, but the chain reaction it causes facilitates the installation of well-being in your system.. By feeling more toned, more muscular and even drier, you boost your self-confidence at the same time.. This is therefore felt in your relationships with others, but also at work and in your personal life. A self-confident person spreads well-being around them and positively influences those around them, which strengthens their own self-confidence. It’s a virtuous circle.
YOU PRESERVE YOUR BONE CAPITAL
Bone density decreases with age, especially in women. By maintaining your muscle mass, you encourage your bones to remain strong and able to be mobilized, following the physiological response caused by training. Studies on the subject show that resistance work with weights reduces loss of bone densityand thus protects against fractures, osteoporosis and all bone and cartilage degenerative processes.
YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR MOBILITY
Getting into your car, going down stairs, carrying groceries or files are all things we do in everyday life. People who do not take care of their body end up being limited in their daily activities and considerably reduce their quality of life. By training your muscles in the weight room, you will never encounter these little problems. Your body knows which muscle to use in an optimal way to perform such a gesture, and you protect yourself from wear and inflammatory pain that can become chronic and disabling.
YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR BACK
People who work in an office and sit for long hours every day all suffer from lower back pain. In effect, stabilizing musclesdeep, weaken and cause chronic pain that becomes disabling. Practicing strength training helps recruit and strengthen these muscles, which considerably reduces the risk of suffering from chronic low back pain. The squat, sit-ups on the lumbar bench and crunches for the abdominals are all exercises that can reduce back pain.
YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS
Elderly people who practice bodybuilding have better memory and brain function than sedentary people. This is due, among other things, to better venous return and better blood supply to the brain. Also, weight training increases the production of nitric oxide, a gas that dilates the walls of blood vessels and arteries. The blood is thus better distributed to the muscles, but also to the organs and the brain.
YOU IMPROVE YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH
Because strength training increases NO levels and improves venous returnthe practice of bodybuilding strengthens your sexual health : better libido and higher quality erections. Also, by approaching sexuality with a physique that you control and optimal physical functions, you strengthen your self-confidence.
YOU REDUCE THE RISK OF DIABETES
Strength training lowers blood glucose levels by making cells more sensitive to insulin. By maintaining good insulin sensitivity, bodybuilding can effectively fight against the risk of type 2 diabetes. and all the resulting metabolic disorders, including cancer.
YOU STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART
By reducing stored fat and especially abdominal fat, weight training helps strengthen your heart. But not only. Indeed, research published in 2013 in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows that people who practice weight training have higher HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which preserves the health of the heart and arteries. Also, weight training reduces blood pressure and triglyceride levels, which helps strengthen the cardiovascular system.
YOU INCREASE YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY
By reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart attacks and maintaining good mobility, strength training increases your life expectancy and also increases the quality of it. The quality of the “grip” or “grip” has even become a test for determining the risk of mortality, according to a study published in 2015 in the famous medical journal The Lancet. And, according to a 2017 study in the Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care study, the amount of lean muscle mass would be a better measure of a person’s life expectancy than their BMI (Body Mass Index): body mass in relation to the size of the individual.
Want to stay healthy? Do bodybuilding!
BibliographyVivian Ledesma, DC – Alliance Healing Arts in Seattle, Washington
BioMed Research International Journal
Journal of Applied Physiology
Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care study, 2017