Healthy Perspective by Jim Graves

Have You Been Avoiding the Weight Room?

Lifting weights is primarily thought of as a way of increasing muscular size, strength and power, and while this is certainly one of the benefits, there is a whole lot more that occurs within the body during and after a weight-training session.  From as little as two workout sessions per week (45 to 60 minutes each in duration) the following health benefits can be achieved:

Reduced Health Risks:  Lifting weights will help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and improve your resistance to type-2 diabetes.  Additionally, weight training helps in lowering your blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, as well as unwanted stress and anxiety, while also helping to boost your immune system.  This means fewer and less severe cold and flu symptoms each season!

Increased Muscle Size, Strength and Power:  Resistance training is the best way to increase muscular strength, size and power.  As you might expect, muscles play an important role in the many tasks that we do everyday, such as climbing stairs, carrying a child or cleaning the house and the backyard.  Building muscles through weight training will definitely make it easier to go about your day to day activities.

Improved Body Composition:  Lifting weights is an excellent way to alter body composition.  The body burns calories at an extended rate while recovering from weight training.  This accelerated calorie burn helps to reduce unwanted body fat and increase lean body mass.  You'll begin to look and feel so much better!

More Flexibility:  Many don't realize it, but weight training can also improve one's flexibility or range of motion.  Your muscles and joints are repeatedly moved through their entire range of motion, much like one would do when performing dynamic stretches.  Your posture and balance will also improve as you strengthen all the muscle groups supporting good posture.

Reduced Injury Risk:  Lifting weights helps to prevent injuries by making the muscles and bones stronger.  This is especially important for those who wish to avoid knee, back or other joint pains. Weight training also helps to maintain bone density.  Bones respond to weight training similarly to muscles in that they grow stronger and denser, helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

If you've been avoiding the weight room because you're unsure as to exactly how to begin a weight training routine, I'd be happy to help you put together an effective program that will get you started on achieving your goals of becoming a healthier and leaner new you!

Welcome to the weight room and all of its many health benefits!

Jim Graves, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

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