Many see the coming of a New Year as a weight being lifted off of their shoulders, as they wipe their slate clean and start fresh. Often, this blank slate moment at the start of January is also a great time to rethink health and fitness needs and create a new plan to achieve our goals. Although aerobic activities, such as walking, running, swimming, or dancing are often heralded as the most beneficial forms of fitness for the human body, anaerobic activities like weightlifting may also have perks. One great benefit of weight lifting and strength training is muscle building. We are all aware that muscle is preferable to fat when it comes to our body composition, but do we all know why? One reason is that the cells that build your muscles can help to boost your metabolism. Muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain, which means that even at rest, the tissue is burning fat and calories. Weight lifting also helps to improve the coordination of muscle groups, increasing your physical power. Most research still recommends that a combination of aerobic and anaerobic fitness activities are the best option, the health benefits of anaerobic exercise has become more clear in recent years. Whether you choose to exercise at home, outdoors, or at a gym, the Dallas area is home to an array of opportunities to add weightlifting into your routine!