8 Benefits to Weightlifting

Weightlifting has impressive health benefits, from building bone density to reducing back pain, to boosting your mood and more. There are many ways to incorporate strength training into your routine, whether you sign up for a gym and lift dumbbells or weighted barbells, or exercise at home with water bottles or other household items. Either way, the CDC recommends engaging in muscle-strengthening exercises that work major muscle groups -- think legs, abs, arms, chest, shoulders, hips and back -- at least twice a week.