Embarking on a weight lifting schedule is one of the smartest things you can ever do. It'll greatly benefit you physically, emotionally, mentally and improve your well being. Weight lifting can build your confidence, longevity, appearance, and your happiness as well as your strength and endurance. Lifting weights continuously can also reduce anxiety and stress.
Weight training has been praised by many. From average Joe's all the way up to top athletes and trainers. Weight training can benefit anyone and is one of those things in life where you just have to do it.
Lifting Weights is for Anyone
With today's technology, a lot of people do not go out to participate in any physical activity. With game consoles everywhere, people these days stay at home and sit in front of the TV to play video games. With new TV shows, everyone seems to like to sit in front of the computer to watch them online, or sit in front of the TV to watch them. Whether you're a teenager, adult, or a senior; lifting weights should be one of your hobbies.
Everyone can benefit from weight training, regardless of age. Believe it or not, but people who do not weight train tend to get injured more than people who do. This is because when you weight train, your muscles and bones get stronger. Meaning they'll be able to end more punishment.
Benefits of Weight Training
As mentioned earlier, weight training improves endurance, strength, confidence, appearance, happiness, longevity and even reduces anxiety and stress. Other than these benefits, weight training can boost your mood, increase your metabolism, improve your sleep patterns, make you feel more energetic and so much more. The pros of lifting weights outweigh the cons. It's better to do something that will be healthy for you than doing nothing.
If you are an athlete, specific weight training styles can help improve your endurance, speed, explosiveness, power, agility and strength.
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe is a great example. It's a strength training program that is designed for anyone to use to improve overall. An athlete of any sport can greatly benefit from using this program because it'll make them much stronger. The great thing to is that strength training focuses on the strength of the muscle, not the size. Therefore if you're afraid of gaining weight, but still want to weight train, take a look at Starting Strength or any other strength program.
If you are a boxer, mixed martial artist, football player or anyone who is looking to gain some size, you're best choice is to look at body building programs. These differ from strength training because in body building, usually the reps are anywhere between 8-12 reps; whereas strength training is anywhere from 1-6.
It's best to keep a balance of muscle strength and muscle mass; because you can have really big muscles through bodybuilding, but someone who's smaller than you who trains in power lifting or strength training might be able to out lift you.
Before you Start
Make sure you have a plan in mind. Failing to plan is planning to fail, and if you go to the gym without a plan in mind, you will not get as much benefits as you would with a plan.
Also, make sure to research on the exercise form and perfect it using light weights first. It's much safer to perform an exercise with the right form and technique. You also get much more benefits from doing it the correct way as well.
Whether you're a novice, veteran, teenager, athlete or a senior, you should weight train. Depending on your fitness, you can adjust the difficulty level. It's better to lift weights a little bit than not lifting weights at all. Live happy, live healthy and live strong.