Weightlifting, or weight training, is the physical activity of lifting weights or heavy objects for exercise. Most commonly, weight training is attributed to bodybuilders and athletes. However, there are many benefits to weight training that can be applied to any workout.
* Weight loss and management – When you gain and tone muscle, your body is able to burn calories more efficiently. So weightlifting can help you lose and manage your weight more easily and efficiently.
* Strength training – By training and building your muscles, your body is stronger overall. Your bones will even be stronger; weight training can increase bone density. With stronger bones and muscles, you can reduce back pain, arthritis, and other chronic health conditions.
* Stamina and stability – The stronger you are, the less fatigued you will be during workouts and daily life. People with stronger muscles often have better balance. Even for daily activities, your body’s ability to balance itself properly can be improved, and make falls and accidents less likely.
Better Overall Health
When your body is in better physical condition, it improves all aspects of life. Your daily activities and chores are more easily executed and you are less likely to accidentally hurt yourself. Weightlifting can also have an overall positive effect on your blood pressure. Studies show that people who lift weights have healthier hearts and lower blood pressure. This is because, during weight training, your heart is getting plenty of practice pumping blood to the muscles you are working. When your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood to where it needs to go, it can lower your overall blood pressure.
Weightlifting sounds more difficult than it is. There are levels of weightlifting and training for everyone at every level of fitness. If you are a beginner, you can start by using your own body for resistance. Lift your own body by doing push-ups (either on the floor, or off the wall for lower fitness levels), or do squats and lunges.
For slightly more resistance, try using resistance bands. These are stretchy bands of tough elastic that can be lifted and pulled in a number of different ways to benefit different parts of the body. Dumbbells and barbells are free weights that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. As you get stronger, you can increase the amount of weight that you lift. Free weights are easily portable, and can be found in gyms or for home use.
Weightlifting machines are often found in gyms, but can be purchased for home use as well if you have the room. They can be used for weight training at all levels. Weightlifting is certainly not just for bodybuilders. In fact, weight training is an important part of any workout routine. It doesn’t mean you will build huge muscles either, only that you’ll become more toned.
With so many options available for different skill levels, everyone can reap the benefits of adding weightlifting to their workout routine. Of course, any change in activity should be discussed with your doctor, but there are levels of weightlifting for everyone at every level of fitness.