1. You will feel less stressed and mentally stronger.
When you feel stronger physically, you feel stronger mentally and more confident. Weight training teaches you to push yourself when everything tells you to stop. It helps me to relieve stress and focus my energy more productively.
2. You will lose weight.
Clever science bit: the body expends energy to maintain muscle, so the more muscle you have the more energy your body needs to maintain it. Simply put, building muscles can help raise your resting metabolism, so you’ll be burning fat whilst you sleep. Yassss!
3. You will be hungry all the time.
It’s a great sign as your body is using food as fuel. You’re breaking down muscles, depleting them of sugar or glycogen and burning calories. To beat hunger pangs; I add in extra protein, fuel up with carbs and choose healthy fats so I continue to perform at my best.
4. You will be sore.
It’s a reminder of a job well done in the gym! Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) shows your fitness is progressing as resistance training creates micro-tears in your muscle fibres, so they recover stronger and firmer.
5. You will sleep like a baby.
After working out, your muscles need to rest and recover. The longer and better you sleep, the more time your body has for recovery and growth. We must be conscious of the recovery process during the hours when we are unconscious.
6. You will stare at your hands.
Your hands will get noticeably stronger as will your grip improving overall performance. They will toughen up just like the rest of you and calluses may form. Don’t freak out though as you should be proud of your lifting endurance shown through solid hands!