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Why Lift Weights

Posted Jan 21 2013 3:39pm


I spent the weekend in NJ with my family and just got back to the city. During my bus ride back I wrote a little post on on the benefits of lifting weights. Hope you enjoy :-)

If you still think that lifting weights is still just for body builders, think again. Studies have shown that weight training can help you to lose weight, reduce bone deterioration, increase body density, balance your muscular distribution and rehabilitate you from injury. The current recommendation by most health care professionals only calls for 15-30 minutes twice a week. The best part is that you can easily exceed these guidelines by going to a fun weight training class in your neighborhood gym; like CrossFit.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or to make sure that your bones are strong and healthy, a little bit of heavy lifting is key. Classes like CrossFit workouts take you through a prescribed strength workout that is intense, fun and challenging all at the same time. No longer do you have to go to the gym and lift 10 reps and 3 sets if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of strength training classes that you can try.

With the stressful world that we all inhabit our muscles and bodies tend to get imbalanced. Adding weight training allows you to correct this imbalance and alleviate stress at the same time. A balanced body is less prone to injury and chronic pains and if you have to go through any sort of rehabilitation weight training is a great way to speed your recovery.

After you sustain an injury you have to rehabilitate your body which sometimes means going to a physiotherapist. When you are going through physiotherapy they will prescribe exercises to help strengthen the affected area with weight training. Once you are a bit stronger you can incorporate training classes like CrossFit to boost the intensity and the fun.

Crossfit is a great alternative to lifting weights in the gym as it focuses on functional strength and natural body lifting. Although there are weights involved in CrossFit training the intense workout focuses on compound body movements which is how the body naturally moves.

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