Some people ask this question and I have to shake my head a little bit. If you have the choice to be smaller and weaker, or bigger and stronger, which one should you choose? I know it sounds like a trick question but some people actually prefer not building muscle mass for whatever reason.
This article is for them!
I’m going to go over what the benefits of building muscle and strength are in detail!
The main benefits of building muscle are:
- Becoming Stronger and Sturdier
- Increased Metabolic Rate
- Ability to maintain bodyweight easier
- Slows down age-related muscle and metabolic loss
- Increased bone and connective tissue density
- Healthier body overall
- Helps build confidence, helps with anxiety and depression as well
Let’s go over each of these in-depth so you can see the numerous benefits building muscle and discover what the point of building muscle is!
Build More Muscle, Become More Resilient
Here’s a really simple reason right off the bat! By building muscle, it helps support your joints much more than somebody with less muscle mass. The other thing you need to realize is the increase in strength having more muscle gives you.
In any situation, having more muscle mass will give you an edge at almost anything you do. If your loved ones are in danger, being stronger and more resilient to injury is going to come in handy.
For females especially!
Women have to worry about predators every day of their lives, so with the inclusion of practicing self-defense, building muscle to get stronger is important in any dangerous situation.
The ability to protect yourself and others cannot be understated! Plus being able to bring in all your groceries in one trip is always pretty cool right?
Increased Metabolic Rate!
In general, the more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be! Muscle tissue requires much more energy at rest than body fat does.
Estimates show that for every 1 lb of muscle you have, you burn 6 calories. Most people over their lifetimes don’t build anywhere near enough muscle for this to be a strong factor in staying healthy.
However, imagine you build 50 lbs of muscle over 10 years of training, not only will you be stronger but you’ll burn an extra 300 calories at rest. This makes losing fat much easier and also allows you to eat more food to improve your training.
Eating more food and having a faster metabolism is definitely a huge benefit to me!
Maintaining Bodyweight Much Easier!
As we just learned, increasing muscle mass in the body increases your metabolic rate. Along with this metabolism boost, you are able to maintain your bodyweight much easier!
By having more muscle mass, you can eat more food and maintain your bodyweight on higher calories. I know most people are slaves to low-calorie diets for years and it’s a horrible position to be in. To fix it, work on building as much muscle as possible over time.
If you do this, you’ll have a better quality of life and look better too!
Age-Related Muscle Loss Prevention
As we get older, our metabolisms tend to slow down as well. But why is this?
Because we become less active and lose lean muscle tissue of course!
Most age-related illnesses are also caused by inactivity! Just by performing strength training a couple of times per week, you’ll build and maintain muscle mass for the rest of your life!
This helps prevent disease, improve quality of life as you get older, and keeps you healthier much more compared to those that don’t work on building muscle.
It’s important so don’t underestimate just how beneficial increased muscle mass is as we get older.
More Muscle=Stronger Bones, Cartilage, & Tendons
The more muscle mass you build, the stronger your bones and connective tissue will be. Just like with age-related muscle loss, bone density is incredibly important as we get older.
The number of older people that fall every year, resulting in emergency room visits and even death, averages out at 2.8 million annually!
This is an insane statistic I couldn’t believe when I was doing research on it! I guarantee the majority of these 65+ citizens were mostly inactive and didn’t partake in regular strength training.
Imagine how many injuries and deaths could be prevented every year if people just went to the gym twice a week their entire lives? Because that’s really all it takes!
If you want to get older worrying about a fall-related death that’s on you! As for me, I’m going to be training my entire life to build the most amount of muscle I can. Getting stronger bones and connective tissue can prevent death so don’t take it lightly.
By Training For Muscle Growth You Will Be Healthier
When training for hypertrophy (muscle growth), a lot of your reps are going to be in the 6-20 rep range. In general, the higher the rep range, the more taxing it is on your cardiovascular system.
Imagine doing sets of 20 on Squats? Your body is going to get an insane cardio workout at the same time as you’re working on muscle growth.
Being more athletic and having more muscle tissue also protects against increased adipose tissue. The more fat mass you have, the lower your life expectancy will be. Working on being bigger and stronger will protect against age-related illnesses as well.
Bottom line, the more muscle mass you have, to an extent, the healthier you will be!
Building Muscle To Build Confidence & Combat Anxiety/Depression
When I think back to high school, most of the guys I grew up with all wanted to build muscle and get stronger. Some wanted to get better at sports which it definitely helps with. But the overwhelming majority wanted to build muscle to build confidence and attract girls.
Which I totally get, but that was never my motivation for starting all of this in the first place.
As I’ve become older, I’ve experienced confidence issues that eventually turned into anxiety and occasional bouts of depression. I know I’m not the only one out there experiencing these things but I know what getting stronger and building muscle can do for it.
When people are in better shape, their confidence improves and how they interact with the world improves with it. This can assist in fighting against anxiety and depression. It has for me and others I know as well.
Also, just by working out, your body releases dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which trigger positive feelings in the body. It also helps with body image issues. By having more muscle, your body will look, feel, and perform better. These factors coupled with a positive state of mind are the major reason why I do what I do.
On top of all of this, you’ll reduce stress and improve your mood every time you go to the gym. Don’t overdo it and you’ll feel better than when you got there. I promise!
Has working out saved your life like it has mine? If so let me hear your story in the comments below! Also, if anybody is struggling, feel free to leave your email and I’ll reach out to you. Nobody should have to do this alone and I know how hard it can be.
No matter what your reason is for working out, building muscle should be a priority for everybody.
The number of positives it provides your mind and body outweigh all of the negatives. If you’re still asking what the point is after all of this, maybe it’s not the right thing for you.
When in doubt, find the kind of training you do enjoy. It doesn’t have to be strictly muscle building in nature but if it is, you’ll realize all of the benefits quickly.
What benefits have you noticed from building muscle?
Until next time,