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Weightlifter using Versa Gripps in the gym

We all want to know how to live a better life. It starts with taking care of yourself, and weight training can help you get there.

Strength training isn’t just about bulking up or getting a chiseled physique (but it’s great for that, too). It can also improve your everyday life in a variety of ways, and some of the benefits of lifting weights might surprise you.

We’ll dive into this ahead and explore how the right pair of weightlifting grips can help you achieve your strength training goals. Here are five health benefits of strength training.

1: Boosts immunity.

Regular exercise, including strength training, has been shown to boost the immune system in several ways. By improving circulation, exercise flushes bacteria from the lungs, and it helps infection-fighting immune cells travel more efficiently through your body. The rise in body temperature that happens during exercise may also help your body fight off infections. Exercise also slows down the release of stress hormones, which can tax your immune system.

There’s one caveat. Too much intense exercise without rest and recovery time can have the reverse effect of weakening your immune system. Keep this in mind if you’re trying to bulk up or you’re a competitive athlete. Moderate to high-intensity strength training for 60 minutes or less a day is ideal. Give your body time to rest and recover.

2: Improves sleep.

One of the often-overlooked benefits of strength training is its impact on sleep quality. A consistent strength training routine can promote better sleep by tiring out your body, helping you fall into a deeper, more restorative sleep cycle.

The increase in body temperature during exercise can actually lower your body temperature at night, helping you sleep better. But timing is everything. Strenuous exercise late at night can put you in an energized, awakened state, disrupting the brain chemicals that help you wind down at night. This can disrupt your sleep, so don’t exercise too close to bedtime.

Connections: Grip Strength & Longevity

You might be surprised to learn that a strong grip is linked to good health. Why is grip strength important for longevity? Experts say it’s an indicator of how well your heart is doing, and it’s a benchmark of functional independence.

Having a strong grip allows you to lift more weights and do more reps. Versa Gripps are specifically designed to help you grip your weights, allowing you to focus on your form and lift heavier loads safely. Get Versa Gripps and start training better.

3: Enhances libido. 

Exercise can improve sex drive in both men and women. Strength training in particular can improve libido in men by temporarily boosting testosterone levels (higher levels of testosterone help women in the libido department, too).

By increasing blood flow to your nether regions, exercise boosts healthy sexual function and arousal in both men and women. Strength training and other forms of exercise also improve your endurance, which is important both in and out of the bedroom. Sex is itself a workout. 

Finally, feeling fitter and leaner can improve your self-confidence. And there’s a big psychological component to sex and intimacy.

4: Helps you feel happier.

Happy female weightlifter during a strength training workout

Research shows that regular strength training can reduce symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. For some people, it can be as effective as antidepressant medications.

Exercise releases endorphins, hormones that dampen pain while boosting feelings of well-being. It’s also thought to enhance sensitivity to serotonin and norepinephrine, which can relieve feelings of depression.

Exercise also has psychological benefits. It feels good to accomplish your strength training goals. This can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, improving your mood and overall mental well-being.

5: Improves skin tone and texture.

It may seem too good to be true that strength training could improve skin health, but that’s what the research shows. By increasing blood flow and oxygenation of tissues, exercise helps draw toxins out of the body, while sweating helps clear oil, dirt, and toxins from the pores.

Regular exercise has also been reported to protect the skin from free radicals. These unstable atoms break down collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. In one study, 16 weeks of resistance training improved skin elasticity and thickness in study participants.

More research is needed to fully understand how exercise improves skin health, but so far, the results look promising.

Start Strength Training with Versa Gripps

Woman putting Versa Gripps on during a workout

Strength training has so many health benefits, but you need the right gear to maximize your workouts. Whether you’re new to weightlifting or just getting started, Versa Gripps are a game changer. Designed with proprietary, custom-engineered non-slip material and built-in arch support, Versa Gripps help you train safely and lift more weight.

Versa Gripps are like hooks, straps, and grips all in one, so you can switch between pushing and pulling moves without stopping to change gear. It’s why Versa Gripps are preferred by professional athletes, including Olympic weightlifters. Shop our entire collection to find your perfect pair of Versa Gripps, and train better.