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4 Good Reasons To Pump Iron

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The health benefits of pumping iron extends beyond just a muscle-man physique. Research has shown that lifting weights just three times a week can…

1. Reduce Your Diabetes Risk
According to a Tufts University study in the US, weight training can lower your risk of diabetes in just four months. They found that lifting weights help reduce blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity. If your family has a history of diabetes, all the more reason you need to start some major prevention effort now. 

2. Improve Your Mood
Harvard researchers found that hitting those barbells also helps treat depression. Comparing the benefits of weight training and cardio exercise over 10 weeks, the study showed that the lifters experienced a much greater mood boost. So don't get sad – get pumping.

3. Boost Your Sex Drive
Other than the obvious fact that muscles make her want to touch you more, weight lifting has also been shown to increase testosterone levels. Testosterone is the key hormone that affects your sex drive and overall mortality risk and Finnish scientists found that weight lifting spikes testosterone levels by up to 49 per cent.

4. Prevent Stroke
A major killer of men all over the world, a stroke attack can also make your life pretty miserable should you survive. Fortunately, University of Michigan studies have found that lifting weights decreases blood pressure reduces your risk of stroke by 40 per cent.

 



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