Weight Training is one of those activities that many people believe is restricted to anyone who wants to build big muscle. But that's a myth. The reality is that weight training exercises are for anyone looking to get in shape. It can help you lose weight as well as tone your complete body.

Besides all this, here's a list of reasons why you should be strength training:

Increased Metabolic Rate: Weight training increases metabolic rate.  This in turn increases the calories consumed on a daily basis.

Increasing and Restoring Bone Density: Strength training prevents and fights osteoporosis. Studies have shown that exercising at least three times a week improves bone strength, and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Regular exercising also slows down bone loss. Weight lifting, aerobics, jogging and stair climbing are few activities that increases load on the bone and stress the bone are helpful.

Increased Lean Muscle Mass: More muscle or lean body mass helps burns more calories as muscles are metabolically more active. Women do not have enough testosterone in their body so they need not worry that weight training makes their body bulky.

Injury Prevention: Strength training and cardio exercises strengthen muscles and tendons minimizing the chances of an injury.

Decreased Risk of Coronary Disease - Strength training can reduce your blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels and improves insulin sensitivity making one less prone to Heart disease and Diabetes.

Feel Better and Look Better: The benefits of exercises can be summarized to - a better overall quality of life. Exercise also increases health and mental state of a person.

Now, if we've got you interested in strength training, watch out for the next series of articles, on how to tone each body part!