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7 main benefits of bodybuilding

AsThe practice of weight training is seen by many only as a way to increase muscle mass, however this type of physical activity has numerous benefits, including being able to fight depression, for example. In addition, weight training improves cardiorespiratory fitness, increases bone density and ensures more physical fitness. 

For maximum benefits, it is important that weight training is practiced regularly and accompanied by proper nutrition. In addition, it is important to sleep well, drink plenty of water and give your body some time to rest.

Experts guarantee that, in relation to bodybuilding, it is not necessary to exaggerate, ideally it has some continuity. Going to the gym every day for 1 week, training more than 1 hour, and not training the following week, does not generate as many good results as training 3 times a week, 1 hour each time, every week, for example.

The main benefits of bodybuilding are:

1. Improves body posture

The practice of weight training strengthens the muscles that support the spine, improving posture and reducing back pain, for example.

2. Decreases the amount of fat

When bodybuilding is practiced regularly, intensely and accompanied by healthy eating, the body starts to burn more fat and increase muscle mass, speeding up metabolism and favoring caloric expenditure even when you are stationary.

Fat loss, in addition to promoting aesthetic benefits and increasing self-esteem, prevents a number of diseases, such as obesity and atherosclerosis, for example.

3. Tones the muscles

Toning the muscles is one of the visible "consequences" of bodybuilding. Toning happens due to fat loss, increased muscle mass and muscle strengthening, which in addition to representing strength gain, allows for the disappearance of cellulite, for example.

However, for the muscles to become harder, it is necessary to have correct hydration and balanced nutrition. 

4. Combat emotional problems

By promoting the release of endorphin, which is the hormone responsible for the feeling of well-being, weight training can be a great alternative to relieve stress, reduce anxiety symptoms and even fight depression. 

5. Increases bone density

Weight training increases bone density, that is, it makes bones more resistant, decreasing the chances of fractures and the development of osteoporosis, which is common in older people and women in menopause. However, for the bones to be really strengthened, weight training must be accompanied by a healthy, balanced diet composed of foods rich in calcium and vitamin D.

6. Decreases the risk of diabetes

The risk of diabetes can be reduced with the practice of weight training because the body uses circulating glucose as a source of energy and the sugar that is found in excess in the blood is stored in the form of glycogen, which is used in other metabolic processes , for example.

7. Improves cardiorespiratory fitness

The more intense the weight training, the greater the work of the heart, ensuring greater cardiac and respiratory conditioning. Thus, there is regulation of blood pressure and, consequently, a reduction in the risk of heart disease, such as atherosclerosis, for example.

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