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Why Lift: Basic Reasons

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  • Why Lift: Basic Reasons

    Resistance training, also known as weight training or strength training, is for everyone. It is an important tool for achieving a complete healthy life. Resistance training is not just for people who are athletes, want to build or tone muscle, or are using resistance training to achieve a better looking body.

    You may also hear the terms weight training (or weight lifting) and strength training used to describe working the muscles with resistance.

    Resistance training is the term used to describe using weights, machines, and even your own body weight to effectively work your muscles. It is the umbrella term used to accurately describe all forms of resistance training, whether working with weights or not. Although strength training accurately describes what resistance training does, many people do not use the term because they think it only applies to those trying to become bigger and stronger when, in fact, all resistance training which is correctly done indeed increases strength, but does not necessary visibly increase size.

    Resistance training does improve the look and tone of the body but it is now known to be more than just a specialized exercise activity.
    Medical research has shown that resistance training does the following:
    • Strengthens the muscular system
    • Strengthens the skeletal system
    • Improves bone density (decreases the chance of osteoporosis)
    • Increases metabolism
    • Improves posture
    • Limits atrophy of the muscles
    • Aids in hypertension control
    • Aids in cholesterol control
    • Aids in body fat control
    • Increases circulation
    • Aids in prevention of adult-onset diabetes
    • Improves mood and self-esteem
    • Improves quality of life
    • Aids in the prevention of heart disease and certain cancers

    These are just a few of the many benefits of resistance training as well documented by medical professionals. A well-planned resistance training program should be a part of everyone's health and fitness lifestyle regardless of age, gender, or goals.

    Resistance training can be done anywhere and without specialized equipment. You do not have to join a health club or spend a lot of money. You can do resistance training using barbells, dumbbells, specialty machines such as Nautilus and Cybex, resistance bands, and even by using your own body as resistance. Common household products can be used when resistance training.

    The most important aspect of resistance training is correct performance of the exercise. Too many people become concerned with how fast an exercise is performed or how heavy a weight is being used. This means that the exercise is done incorrectly. This can cause injury and most often results in endless resistance training without benefit or results.

  • #2
    nice post
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    • #3
      to get shreddddddeeeeddddd!!! ofcourse


      • #4
        Dont want my kids having a weak dad... Ha