The Importance of Weight Training

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The idea of weight training makes a lot of people uncomfortable. People tend to picture very robust body builders and think that’s what it’s all about. But that is not true. There is a difference between body building and weight training (also known as resistance training and strength training). The main goal of body building is to put on bulk, but weight training is meant for health benefits, such as increased strength of your bones and muscles.

Our muscle mass begins to decline at age 40 and continues to decrease as the years go on. Without regular weight training, this decline can be detrimental to your health. Your bones and muscles will weaken and you will be prone to injury. Our muscles and bones are the body’s support systems and if they are weak, it will get increasingly more difficult to do normal everyday activities, such as walking, sitting, reaching, etc.

More muscle, means less fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, which will decrease the fat mass around your vital organs. By lifting weights your overall body composition improves. You will continue to see the added benefits of lifting weights if you stay consistent with your workouts. As I mentioned before, with age our muscles begin to degenerate, which leads to weight gain and loss of balance and flexibility. By adding weight training to your workout routine, you will strengthen all your stabilizing muscles and increase the range of motion in your joints.

The benefits alone should be enough to want to incorporate weight training into your daily routine, but there are other benefits that you may not be able to see physically. With increased strength, you will begin to feel better in general. You will have more energy, because you have the strength to get you through the day. Feeling healthy and strong, whether you have lost weight or not, can give you a sense of accomplishment and create or enhance a positive self-image. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which interact with your brain and activate a positive feeling in your body. In order to see any of these improvements, you have to be willing to put the effort into a strength training program. If you have no idea where to start, ask for help. You will need to practice good form and proper mechanics in order to get the most out of your workouts and prevent injury, so ask for guidance from a professional. There is no better time than now to make a change for the better!

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