You can’t watch TV or listen to a radio without the seemingly constant commercials about how you can benefit from losing a few pounds, or a new diet on the market that will help you lose weight without changing your lifestyle.  But, the truth of the matter is, you probably need to do a combination of things in order to lose weight or just be healthier in general.  Some of those needed changes includes changing your eating habits and including more exercise in your daily life.  But, what do the experts say?

  1.   While many forms of exercise, or any form of exercise for that matter, can improve your health, adding weight training to an exercise regime can increase your life span.  According to recent research, the more muscle mass a person has, the less likely they are to die a young death.
  2. More restful sleep. A recent small study of people who regularly exercised, including weight and resistance training, woke up less often during the night than those who did not exercise.
  3. Stronger Bones. Strength training is thought to increase the denseness of bones, which decreases the likelihood of fractures in older adults.
  4. We’re not talking yin and yang, we are talking about the ability to stay upright and walking a straight line.  It is thought that weight training helps with good balance, reduces the likelihood of developing osteoporosis as we age, and there by decreasing falls by up to 30% in some cases.
  5. Cardio Health. Not only does working out with weights improve the peripheral muscles (muscles in the arms and legs), and the chest, abdominal and back, it also helps the heart.  This has been revealed by documented lower blood pressures after the individuals studied began incorporating weight lifting into their work out programs.

So, the experts agree there are benefits to working out with weights.  How about the addition of a weight bench?  Is there proof it improves the workout?

Again, the answer to this question is—maybe.  People who wish to increase or tone muscle mass in certain area of the body, such as the chest, shoulders and back, then the answer is yes—a weight bench may prove to an invaluable piece of equipment.  This is accomplished by the way the free weights are moved through three dimensional space provided by the bench.

Again, there is no yes or no answer to the question, ‘Do I have to have a weight bench’?  Some experts advise starting out slowly with whatever weights are available, advancing slowly as the stamina improves, then go to the more advanced use of benches and other work out machines.

There are few things so called experts agree on.  But, there are a few.  Being active and including some form of exercise in their daily live is good for people.  Losing weight and building muscle mass is a plus to help you live a long and hopefully, prosperous life.