Health Benefits of Bodybuilding
The Many Unexpected Benefits of Body Building
There are many reasons to build a stronger body that most people wouldn’t think of when they picture bodybuilding. Bodybuilding can be a very healthy hobby for both your mind and your body.
Despite the misconceptions of the general public, bodybuilding is not necessarily all about eating whey protein, lifting heavy weights, and oiled-up posing in a thong on a stage. There are a ton of great health benefits as well.
These are just some of the many unexpected benefits of bodybuilding:
Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Bodybuilding combines a number of different factors that combined significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
For one, bodybuilding reduces the cholesterol level in the blood, lowers blood pressure and reduces fat in the body. Fat is one of the main places that bacteria and toxins like to hide. By reducing the amount of fat in your body, you reduce the amount of bacterial you’ll be exposed to. That in turn reduces the risk of disease.
Reduced Risk of Arthritis
Bodybuilding puts enormous strain on bones, joints and ligaments. This is actually a good thing.
Bones that are never worked out are much more likely to become frail and brittle with time. On the other hand, bodybuilders who are constantly putting strain on their bones build stronger bones.
Bodybuilding Increases Intelligence
In his revolutionary book “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” John Ratey revealed case study after case study showing one incredible conclusion: Exercise, especially anaerobic exercise combined with aerobic exercise, actually makes you smarter.
When you exercise, your brain produces a number of neurochemicals that improve memory and mental functioning. In literally hundreds of studies researchers found undeniable evidence that consistent exercise can drastically alter brain chemistry.
Helps Alleviate Stress
There’s nothing quite like furiously pumping weights or strenuously exerting yourself on the bench press to relieve stress.
Most people walk through life with no way of alleviating the stress in their lives. Bodybuilders are lucky in that they have a very healthy and physical way to do so.
Research and repeatedly linked stress reduction to increased happiness, as well as increased health and longevity. In other words, bodybuilding helps you reduce stress and makes you healthier and live longer as a result.
Bodybuilding can also dramatically increase self confidence. This works for a couple of reasons.
For one thing, there’s a lot of self confidence that’s built just from choosing a goal and following it through to completion. Seeing the actual results in the mirror help reinforce the fact that you managed to make a difficult goal come true.
Another reason bodybuilding builds self confidence is just by having a stronger, more powerful and more attractive body. A body that you worked hard for and can be proud of. It becomes both a source of pride and a source of inner strength.
These are just some of the many benefits of bodybuilding. As you can tell, it’s not just a matter of building muscles. Bodybuilding is a lifestyle that can have dramatic positive effects on your brain, your mind, your immune system, your heart, your bones and just about everything else in your body.
A few decades ago the benefits of bodybuilding were mostly anecdotal. Today, it’s a known scientific fact.