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Why everyone should lift weights...often

March 6, 2013 by Sayan

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Did you know that men AND women should follow a proper strength training regimen?

And that both genders should lift fairly heavy weights?

Well, it's true...so ditch the 5 pound dumbbells and let's get to work!

You see, strength training can tone your muscle, help you lose unwanted fat, and build up your delicate tendons, ligaments and bones.

There are a lot of excellent reasons to incorporate strength training – whether bodyweight exercises, or by pumping iron – into your exercise regimen. Gentlemen, you’re well acquainted with the benefits of strength training – they’re on display in models and actors that appear in movies, magazines and commercials all the time. Ladies, again...forget the myth that strength training will make you bigger! Women’s muscles can grow larger, but they tend to make slight gains in size and major gains in density. You won’t look huge, gross and veiny if you lift – but you will get stronger, shed unwanted pounds and tone your body up quickly.

1) Your bones get stronger. Your bones, just like your muscles, will respond to the stress of weight lifting by growing stronger and denser. This is especially important for women, whose bones begin to brittle in their thirties, and who are at increased risk of osteoporosis all throughout their middle life and later years. Instead of relying on calcium supplements – and the uneven, dubious science behind it – start lifting at the gym! The best part is that it doesn’t matter how old you are – you can start a weight training program in your 60s or 70s and start enjoying the benefits.

2) You’ll strengthen your back. We’ve all felt that little twinge in our lower backs when we’ve bent over to pick up a child or a laundry basket. And many of us have felt worse than that – it turns out that 4 out of 5 Americans have experienced significant back pain at some point in their lives. Strength training will develop the muscles in both your upper and lower back, but will also beef up your biceps, legs, glutes and abs, which means that you can perform more tasks with just the primary muscles needed and without a lot of extra support from your back. This will definitely lower your chances for injury, and will decrease the amount of “lifetime stress"


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