The benefits of building muscle range from physical to psychological. You might think that spending your free time in front of the TV with a big bowl of popcorn will be better than slaving away at the treadmill. Well, it definitely is the easier way to spend the time, but it will not produce any benefit except remaining updated on who scored the winning goal; Gerrard or Torres? Exercising not for you? Well, you may yet be convinced by the benefits we’ve enumerated below. Brace yourself and read on.
1) Strength. Building muscles will definitely make you stronger. There are just two possibilities; either you get flabby or you get muscular. If I were you, I’ll go for the latter. No matter how heavy a person is when he steps on the scale, if the weight is more due to fat rather than muscle, then his strength will probably be less than half of how strong he could be if the weight is due to muscle.
2) Health. Muscles are definitely healthier than flabs. You will be farther from heart attack, stroke and other diseases common with non-exercising types. People with diabetes and other types of medical conditions they are born with are even advised by doctors to engage in physical workouts appropriate for their condition. If working out is not good for them, then how come I have never heard of a doctor who tells a diabetic to spend his time sitting on the couch and doing nothing?
3) Looking good. Tight-fitting shirts, shorts, skirts, sleeveless tops and other figure-hugging garments? No problem. No protruding bellies to hide, no flabby arms to cover; only toned butts to highlight and trim waistlines to emphasize. What’s not good about that?
4) Feeling better. You look good, you feel good. You’re healthy, you feel better. You have strength, you feel high, without any need for taking drugs. But these are long-term “feel-better” benefits. You want the immediate feel-better benefits? While exercising, when you feel sweat dripping, you feel good. After working out, you feel energetic. When you’re resting after a workout, you feel relaxed. Need I say more?
5) Sharper mind. Working out and building muscles remove lethargy. You feel alert and your focus is sharper. Wonder why you feel tired after spending 12 hours in bed? That’s your muscles complaining about lack of activity. So get going and build those muscles!
If you think the benefits of building muscle mentioned above are not enough to get you out of bed or off the couch, then we have more. But then, it would require several more pages.