Apr 21 2017
People might have bored you to tears in the past with their endless witterings about the health benefits of weight training…Now I’m certainly not going to tell you they are wrong (I spend most of my life lifting heavy things – or teaching others how to lift heavy things!) However,…
People might have bored you to tears in the past with their endless witterings about the health benefits of weight training…Now I’m certainly not going to tell you they are wrong (I spend most of my life lifting heavy things – or teaching others how to lift heavy things!)
However, here are a few quirkier reasons weight training would be a good move for you and your body – I hope you enjoy our fresh perspective!
1. It’s time efficient.
The prime reason people don’t workout is the time commitment. With our increasingly busy lives it’s easy to put other activities above ourselves. If many do find time it’s usually in the form of cardiovascular exercise – a quick jog around the park. If you’re looking to burn a few excess calories or just for general health it’s not a bad strategy, the problem lies with the increased time investment needed to improve. Yes one can up the speed, but there’s a limit to this, you’ll need to increase the distance, which means additional time pounding the pavement.
When one weight trains the intensity of a 50 minute workout can advanced for years – without significantly having to increase time spent in the gym. An average guy can start at at 50kg deadlift and increase it to 250kg over decades of training. The benefits of increase muscle mass decrease rapidly but other befits such as physical degradation decrease as we age.
2. Resistance training builds more than just muscle.
As we age are body stops or decreases the rate at which growing what we need: bone mass, brain cells, cartilage; and does the opposite with what may harm or kill us: fat cells, cancer cells even tumours.
RT is the only form of exercise that builds tissue (which we want), and even kills what we don’t. Pushing iron in the gym signals to our cells not to die, you’re basically saying to it, “we need more of you to lift this bloody heavy thing!” Studies are coming out where individuals who have suffering a life threatening incident that has needed recitation are less likely to waking up in a vegetative state. Their body can readily access the blueprint to building cells.
Its a little known fact that RT kills cancer cells, reducing your chances of developing cancer by 50%! Certain cancer and tumur cells feed off excess sugar or insulin in our blood stream, RT makes our muscle efficient at mopping up the sugats whilst the process of muscle contraction can imitate the role of insulin starving these cells before they can fully form. This doesn’t happen with any other type of training.
3. It makes you taller.
The modern day postures are stooped over from hours in front of the computer. Hours spent in this posture realign the bone our neck and upper back, then the muscles around them tighten and weaken to support this ‘new’ position!
There’s a common misconception that RT makes you tighter reducing your flexibility creating joint issues. To an extent this is true, poor technique execution and ego lifting (using as weight to heavy for you to complete the full range of motion), will make you tighter. But if you check your ego at the door you can lengthen what was once tight and weak.
A well designed RT plan will open up your chest, and develop muscles to pull you back into an upright position adding inches to your height.
If you already RT then good for you, hopefully this information will spur you on. If you have a loved one who is yet to see the light, encourage them to.