Strength training can flatten abs, define your legs and tighten your backside. But working out with weights can do great things for your overall health too! Regular strength and weight training -- such as using free weights or weight machines -- offers these whole-body benefits:

  • Reduced risk of some cardiovascular diseases
  • Improved bone density, which reduces osteoporosis risk
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Improved coordination
  • Increased metabolism, which can help you maintain or even lose body weight

Other types of strength-training include resistance exercises done without weights, such as push-ups and sit-ups and Pilates.