Lifting Weights Will Transform Your Reality

Getting into a routine of lifting weights results in profound physical, psychological and social enhancements that are difficult to fully comprehend and appreciate for somebody who hasn’t yet experienced them.

Within a year, I went from being extremely fat and medically unhealthy to being in the best shape of my life, primarily as a result of lifting weights (although I did do a lot of walking too). My entire reality and perception gradually changed, almost like I was slowly transitioning to a different state of existence.

I was supes fat and weak in early 2019.

It was like night and day, really. Some people say getting rich completely changes your life. Well, getting ripped can completely transform your life too, and it’s much easier and quicker than getting rich.

This was less than a year after starting to lift weights, including taking a few months off of lifting during covid lockdown.

I would completely advocate that spending an hour per day lifting weights, 3-4 days a week, is one of the best possible uses of time.

So here we go. Here are 14 physical, psychological and social benefits of lifting weights:

1) You’ll Have More Energy, Especially When Going Out Drinking

Ok, so the first couple weeks of lifting weights you won’t have more energy; actually, you’ll probably feel really tired for the rest of the day after each time that you go to the gym. But after a month or so, you’ll notice that you’ll overall have more physical energy throughout the day and night.

Not only that, but you’ll also feel like you have more mental energy for tasks and be able to work for longer without getting too fatigued. Additionally, you’ll be able to stay active and attentive for longer, especially when going out drinking.

When I was fat and I’d drink alcohol, I’d just get tired-drunk and want to sit in a chair all night without really engaging too much with people.

Before I started lifting weights, when I’d drink alcohol I’d mostly just feel tired, and not even really get drunk in a fun way.

After putting more muscle on my body, now when I drink alcohol, I can drink all night and feel energized until the sun comes up. I get drunk, but still feel active and animated, like back in high school days.

Being muscular can give you the energy to stay out drinking all night without needing to use any drugs to do so.
You’ll feel a bit more chipper like this keen fella here.

One reason for this is because muscle holds much more water than fat; so your muscles are better able to replenish your body and mind throughout the night.

The downside to this is that you’ll need to drink more to get drunk; the upside is that you’re unlikely to get incoherent, blackout or fall asleep. Something important to note is that if you regularly drink alcohol excessively, then you’re going to lose a great deal of the muscle mass that you’ve worked so hard for.

2) Your Mind Will Be Sharper

After some time lifting weights, I noticed that I felt much more clear-headed and less foggy than I did when I was inactive. I was sharper and quicker in conversations, and my brain seemed to make connections more easily, kinda like Bradley Cooper in Limitless.

Lifting weights has been shown to actually create and develop neural pathways in the brain. Weightlifting has particularly been found to be effective in improving memory and preventing degeneration of the part of the brain associated with memory, the hippocampus. As a result, lifting weights can act as a preventative against dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Furthermore, lifting weights increases blood flow to the brain, which means more oxygen for your brain, which means improved brain function.

Lifting weights = increased blood flow to the brain = increased oxygen to the brain = improved brain function.

3) You’ll Sleep Better

If you suffer from insomnia then weightlifting can be hugely beneficial. The first few weeks you might even actually be too sleepy.

Expending energy doing any type of exercise is generally going to help you sleep better, but weightlifting will especially. When you lift weights, an abundance of a molecule called adenosine is released into your system. Adenosine regulates sleep and thus can help combat insomnia.

Before getting into weightlifting, I’d generally lie in bed for 30-60 minutes each night before falling asleep (when sober). Now, on gym days I’m asleep in like 10-20 minutes.

Just be sure not to lift weights too close to when you go to bed, as your body and mind usually require a couple of hours to wind down after each gym sesh.

4) You’ll Feel More Comfortable in Your Body

When I was fat, I was pretty clumsy and would kind of just bump into sh*t a lot with the edges of my fatness. Getting up from bed or from chairs was annoying and a bit of a chore. I was less aware of the edges of my body, as the edges of my body were less sharp and defined.

My balance, coordination and spatial awareness weren’t great when I was fat.

Conversely, when I was really skinny and lanky as a teenager, I just often kind of felt physically out of place and uncomfortable.

When muscular on the other hand, you’ll feel coordinated, balanced and agile. The feeling is difficult to explain for those who haven’t yet experienced it, but you’ll feel like you really own your body and the spaces that you are occupying and moving through.

Having your bones and muscles built up (especially in your back) will improve your posture, and you’ll naturally walk tall with your shoulders back everywhere that you go. You won’t look all hunched over and insecure.

A gorilla walking around on two legs.

5) You’ll Feel More Confident

There are a few different reasons why you’ll feel more confident after lifting weights for even just a month.

First of all, the endorphins released in your brain will help you feel better about yourself and less likely to fall into spirals of negative self-talk. You’ll also just not really care or pay any attention to haters trying to put you down or cause you to doubt yourself.

Secondly, you’ll get to see the progression in yourself. You’ll witness yourself being able to lift more weight with less effort, and you’ll feel less pain and fatigue after the gym. Aesthetically, you’ll first be able to notice your arms gaining some size and definition, and then the outline of your chest muscles will start to show through the shirts you wear.

Beginners to weightlifting will often notice their arms get bigger before anything else. This is primarily because, besides arm workouts, you’re also engaging your arms in most chest and back workouts as well.
My gym costs about $15/month by the way.

Thirdly, you’ll notice people respond to you differently. You may receive more compliments or just notice that people seem to be nicer to you and pay more attention to things you say in a conversation, little things like that.

6) You’ll Achieve Better Results Dating

If you’re pretty fat then your wallet best be fat too if you want to have any hope of dating beautiful people. Making your wallet fat can take a lifetime; getting muscular can take 1-3 months (depending on the current state of your body). Honestly, it doesn’t take long. If you’ve never really worked out before, or you hate working out, then check out this post here for a few beginner tips: 5 Tips to Get Fit for People Who Hate the Gym.

I think it’s fairly common knowledge that in 2021, nobody really f*cking cares about what’s written on your dating profile; it’s all about your photos. Online dating is a shallow, shallow universe, and, hate it or love it, online dating is here to stay. Not just stay, but most likely completely take over dating. So as a result, it’s a shallow, shallow world. Unless you’re planning on moving to a country that doesn’t have internet, it’d be beneficial to get muscular for a dating app profile pic with a high right-swiping return rate.

I bet covid bumped that 39% up to at least 60%.
Also worth noting that “Met in Bar or Restaurant” is the only other category that has increased throughout the years.

Aside from dating apps, if you’re super jacked then you will most likely stand out at the bar; you won’t need to buy a girl a drink, say some whack-ass pickup line or try to be goofy and entertaining to get a girl to talk to you.

Yeah f*ck that I don’t do that sh*t.

Most girls are biologically attracted to muscles, in the same way that most guys are biologically attracted to a girl with a nice body. I’m not saying it’s right, or fair, but that’s just the way it is.

Aside from your body, lifting weights (plus all types of exercise) will honestly make your face look more attractive too. Your eyes will be brighter and less panda-y. Your face will just generally look healthier.

Finally, you’ll be able to literally pick girls up too, so that’s always fun.

7) You’ll Have a Hobby

Having hobbies is great, it’s what makes people more well-rounded, diverse individuals with depth. Not only do hobbies build character, but they are also opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals. There’s a certain respect somebody with a lot of muscles has for another muscular person, as they empathize with them and understand the hard work and determination needed to get to that point.

Furthermore, hobbies are a way for your mind to take a break from the stresses of the world, and to avoid wasting time unproductively. Finally, people without hobbies are more likely to feel bored, drink excessively and/or use drugs.

8) You’ll Feel Less Anxious and Depressed

Various studies have shown that lifting weights can cause a reduction in symptoms of clinical anxiety and depression. Not only does it boost happy neurotransmitters in the brain such as endorphins and serotonin, but it also can help balance out stress hormones in the blood.

Further, going to the gym can be kind of an escape like alcohol and drugs can be. Although the gym is certainly more painful than having a few beers, lifting weights can help you to get out of your head and stop thinking about your problems. After a good workout, you’ll often be too tired (in a good way) to feel anxious or depressed.

Lifting weights can be an excellent way to get out of your head and into your body.

The hard part is getting out of bed and actually making it to the gym, but after that you’ll generally feel at least fairly decent for the rest of the day. You may not feel euphoric, but going to the gym in the morning just kind of seems to put a bit of a mental buffer between you and depressive/anxious feelings for the rest of the day.

9) You’ll Be Less Afraid of the Future

If you often feel weak and unhealthy, then problems that you encounter are going to seem like immense, unendurable threats that you don’t have the strength or energy to overcome.

Before I started lifting weights, new problems I encountered would always seem so debilitating and terrible in my mind.

On the other hand, after some time lifting weights regularly, you’ll start to feel slightly indestructible, like no matter what the world throws at you, you’ll be alright.

Perhaps you’re having a lot of problems and everything seems like it’s going to sh*t; being muscular will make you feel like you’re better equipped to face any type of adversity. Like, it doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll always have your muscles. Society can try to take your money, freedom and happiness, but they can’t take your muscles.

After a few months lifting weights, you’ll be feeling pretty confident taking those odds.

Even the ideas of severe problems such as poverty, jail or being victim to crime will seem to lose their daunting edges in your thoughts.

Basically, being muscular gives you a feeling like you’re going through a difficult, intimidating video game, but then you activate a few cheat codes; the game doesn’t seem quite so overwhelming after that.

Furthermore, as you get bigger, everything around you will seem to actually look physically smaller than before. Hallways will seem tighter and when you hug your girlfriend you’ll think she shrunk recently. As a result of everything appearing smaller, you’ll perceive the world to be a less intimidating place; it’ll seem less like a place that could harm you.

10) You’ll Be Less Likely to Get into Fights

Unfortunately, there are a lot of lippy f*cks in the Western world who like to run their mouth and try to start sh*t with people just for the sake of starting sh*t. Especially if you have a strong-willed, eccentric personality, you’re probably used to dealing with haters trying to make passive-aggressive, indirect comments. However, most people who go out of their way to try to insult other people are actually cowards at heart, and won’t say sh*t to someone bigger than them.

Therefore, after lifting weights for a while, you’re more able to go about your life without having to worry about someone trying to insult, provoke or start a fight with you. This also works online too (for non-anonymous platforms), but obviously to a lesser degree.

Ironically, the more physically dangerous you make your body, the less likely you are to encounter violence, like a country stockpiling nuclear weapons for the purpose of getting other countries to leave them alone.

Furthermore, you’ll be more careful yourself to not create any conflict as you know the damage that you are capable of, and you don’t actually want to seriously hurt anyone.

Finally, you are less likely to be the target of crime or theft, as a criminal is going to opt for a target that presents them with a more favorable risk/reward ratio.

11) You Could Help People, or Yourself, in Emergencies

So here’s a story that 100% honestly just happened to me this morning.

I was walking through the city center (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) on my morning walk. Across the street, I heard a loud bang and looked over. There was a delivery guy on a motorbike in front of a restaurant. Tied to the back of his motorbike were four massive crates of food. However, the bike (with the heavy crates still tied to it) had fallen over on top of him and his leg was pinned underneath. I ran across the street, and even though the bike and the crates were quite heavy, I was able to pull the bike up off of him. It’s an interesting coincidence that that happened while I had this half-written post at home.

Although emergency situations are rare, being strong could result in you saving yourself or someone else when it counts the most. For one, you’re more capable of kicking in a heavy door. For another, you may be able to pull open the car door of a crashed vehicle. If you don’t know, when a vehicle is on its side, opening the door is heavy as f*ck; I found that out the hard way on my 18th birthday.

Although being strong isn’t as useful for survival as it was 2,000 years ago, it could still help in rare, extreme situations. Like travel insurance, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it but not have it.

12) You’ll More Easily Burn Fat

Although cardio exercises such as running, biking, swimming and even walking are most effective for losing fat, lifting weights can also cause some of the fat to melt off.

First of all, just simply having muscle on your body will burn a few calories. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolism is. If have a high resting metabolism, then a greater amount of the calories you intake are burnt for energy, rather than added as fat. Therefore, the more muscle you gain, the faster you’ll lose fat. With a high amount of muscle on your body, you’ll literally be burning fat as you breathe and as your heart beats; you’ll be burning off some fat even while sleeping.

Furthermore, the act of lifting weights itself will burn calories. The more weight you lift, the more your muscles consume energy and thus the more calories in your body that are burnt.

Finally, after lifting weights your body will continue to burn a decent amount of calories for the next day or two as your body repairs the muscle tissue that was broken down during the workout.

13) You’ll Be More Resistant to Tropical Heat

Living in SE Asia, previously, I’d always be the typical fat, sweaty white dude slobbin’ around all over the place, lookin’ like I was about to keel over, while the locals wouldn’t even break a sweat. I’d consistently need to be inside somewhere with aircon, and when I went outside in the summer I’d feel physically sick within 30 minutes from the humid heat.

Tropical climates are really rough if you’re fat.

After lifting weights for a while, I noticed that, although I’d be sweaty as f*ck while at the gym, later on I would sweat less and feel better when I went out. This realization really hit me when I was on a date with a girl at a rooftop bar on a summer evening. Although she probably only weighed two-thirds of what I weighed, she was feeling hot and sweaty while I felt totally comfortable with the temperature.

Now I can spend hours outside walking around the humid city throughout the day, and still feel vigorous enough to work and then go out drinking.

14) You’ll Be More Likely to Live Longer

Lifting weights can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, two of the most common killers. It does this by raising your good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), which can then clean out the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) from your arteries.

Having high strength and muscle mass also makes you less susceptible to various diseases, and makes your symptoms less likely to be severe when you do suffer from a disease (including covid).

As well, having high amounts of skeletal muscle can regulate blood sugar levels by absorbing glucose (sugar) from the blood, thus protecting against diabetes.

Furthermore, lifting weights not only increases muscle density and mass, but it actually also increases bone density and mass. Apart from making your bones less susceptible to breakages, having denser bones also protects you against suffering from osteoporosis later in life.

Finally, muscle sinew acts sort of like armor for your organs. They’re not going to stop a bullet, but if you have a lot of muscle on your body then they can act as padding against blunt trauma, therefore helping to protect your vital body parts from injury.

Having added muscle mass means more armor for your organs against blunt trauma.

It’s So Worth It

I started lifting weights basically out of necessity (because I felt physically and mentally terrible every day and the doctor told me I was unhealthy as f*ck). At the time, I didn’t yet know how many benefits lifting weights would actually end up bestowing upon me. Now I completely understand and appreciate that the hour of pain, 3-4 days a week, is totally worth the long list of life-changing benefits that lifting weights provides.


So what do you think?

Did I miss any other benefits of lifting weights?

What benefit is it that motivates you most to continue hitting the gym?

If you’ve never really gotten into lifting weights before, do you feel motivated to start now? It’s easier than you might think, just go into your nearest gym and start trying out some of the simple-looking fixed-weight machines to get a feel for it.

Stay healthy, stay strong,

James

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