Things You Didn't Know About Weight Training
by Jackie Burgmann, creator of "Hot at Home" - The Transformation Solution for People Who Hate The Gym
he secret is out.
It’s finally becoming common knowledge that people who weight train regularly experience many benefits from doing so that people who do not weight train are missing out on.
If you aren't incorporating some kind of strength training into your fitness routines yet, you really should be, even if just as an add-on to your other training techniques.
The rewards of resistance training far outweigh any discomfort you may experience from the temporary sensation of having sore muscles after a workout (also known as DOMS - delayed onset muscle soreness).
If you dislike strength training, there are several different ways to get some resistance training in that
you can try and may actually discover that you enjoy.
Try isometrics, bodyweight training, good ol' regular weight lifting at the gym, or do some in-home training by mixing it up with a combination of these different styles in your own home workout space.
You can use dumbbells, barbells, cables, fitness bands, kettlebells, suspension trainers, your own bodyweight, get your kids to sit on you while you do push-ups, whatever. As long as it involves resistance and puts a load on your muscles, bones and joints that increases your strength over time.
If you're not doing any strength training yet, here are a few ways you may not yet be aware of that doing so can benefit you in the long run.
Weight training increases lean muscle mass significantly.
If you’re weight training regularly you will stimulate the growth of new lean muscle tissue which not only looks great (on everyone, not just men), it also strengthens your bones and helps burn fat faster than untrained muscle (even when just sitting on the couch or sleeping).
Weight training also helps increase your metabolism.
This fact really helps with any weight loss or weight maintenance plan you're following. One pound of lean muscle burns about 30-50 calories a day (again, even at rest). So, if you add 5lbs of muscle to your frame you'll automatically burn up to 250 calories a day MORE, without even doing any extra activity or workouts.
Just think how many more calories you can burn with that extra muscle added to your body and a regular workout routine added to your schedule.
And if you're already lean, this also means you can eat more without gaining weight.
Regular weight training helps lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels in your body.
Yep, that’s right. Exercise produces more good cholesterol (known as HDL) while causing reductions in bad cholesterol (LDL), which helps prevent heart disease.
Weight training helps prevent osteoporosis.
Not just for the elderly, osteoporosis can sneak up on you if you're not strength training. Regular resistance training increases the density and strength of your bones which helps protect you against this dreaded brittle bone disease... and will also protect you from developing osteoporosis even into your golden years.
Weight training helps increase your strength (obviously), which helps you live an easier life.
Experience new ease with simple life activities like lifting your child without struggling, or doing yard work and gardening without throwing your back out or finding it difficult to get back into a standing position.
And when you get home from grocery shopping, be amazed at how many more bags you can carry in from the car in one trip with improved strength.
It even makes getting that heavy box of treats up to that top shelf so the kids can’t swipe them that much easier!
Bonus Reason You Should Weight Train:
Weight training makes your body look FANTASTIC.
Men, you'll look better in a business suit, a bathing suit and even your birthday suit. Filling out your clothes with some big, hard muscles turns heads.
Women, imagine how terrific you’ll look in a little black cocktail dress, a breezy summer dress, or any state of undress.
And one more thing ladies. Please don't make the mistake many women make of believing that you'll suddenly balloon up and look like Arnold if you start weight training. It's just not true and that's because women do not produce enough testosterone in their bodies naturally to bulk up without pharmaceutical help (so stay away from steroids and you'll be fine).
What you will achieve by strength training is a fit, lean and toned appearance with sexy definition on every part of your body.
And men and women alike, please don't be afraid to go heavy.
Lifting heavy is the only way to force the muscle to get stronger and change shape. A million reps with a 2 lb dumbbell will NOT be enough force to develop those toned looking muscles that make fit women look fit and well-built men look muscular and in shape.
So, if you aren't weight training yet, find a method you enjoy (or at least don't hate) and get lifting.
You'll reap so many rewards from your efforts that you'll wonder why you didn't get started sooner.
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