Can We All Benefit From Weight Training?
Do we really benefit from weight training?
As we grow older and pass our teens and twenties we tend to be less physically active. Our routines tend to change and what may have been 3 nights per week playing sport or at least being involved in some dot of activity may then be reduced to just a weekend game of soccer, basket ball or a bike ride.
While this is to be lauded the overall decrease in activity especially if no lifting or manual labor is involved sees a reduction in muscle mass.
This can also correlate with a higher percentage of body fat. Most people blame age as a reson for a slowing metabolsim and while it is partly responsbile a decrease of muscle building activity be it intentional or not has a much bigger responsibility for that growing waistline.
More muscle mass requires more fuel to maintain. That means more calories are burnt just because the muscle mass is there. This is essentially like a car with a bigger engine will burn more gas just ticking over that a smaller engined car would.
So hit the weights!
Often, many people who are not trained or who have not weight trained nor have an interest in it will claim that weight lifting is a dangerous pass time.
What little do they know!
How many people do you know who have injured themselves moving a TV or pulling a muscle trying to jump up a few stairs?
They are essentially perfroming daily activities but placing an awkward movement and heightend stress on a muscle.
The reality is, including strength training to your life will develop and maintain muscle groups that are prepared for additional stress and movements.
Weight training also develops and maintains neural pathways which are related to balance and stability.
If you train and ensure your body is more robust and prepared for muscular stress it will certainly prepare you for any falls, trips or furntire you may need to move for your elderly neighbor. Basically everyday life and possible events.
It will also lessen the rate of decline your body experiences as you age which can lead to a longer life expectancy.
Become ‘well rounded’
Not literally rounded becaue you have been drinking way too much Guinness, no, many people as they age tend to opt for a fitness regime that is endurance based such as cycling or running.
This is great for your cardiovascular system and overall aerobic capacity.
However, including weight training means that you are also a physically more capable human being. Life isn’t always about that sprint for the train or bus it is also about push starting your buddies car, lifting heavy items in to the loft and carrying heavy weekly shopping home.
It can also open up new forms of exercise that may have previously been shunned such as rugby which is widely social orientated and therefore can expand your friendship group.
So how can strength training positively effect our lives?
You may only wish to cycle all weekend but having a stronger core can help with your balance, it vcsn help prevent injury as well as help you recover.
Compound exercises are also great for stimulating more testosterone production which can increase muscle mass, increase libido, improve your mood and decrease fat levels.
While you may not necessarily see or believe there will be any direct benefits of strength training it will certainly make you a better all round performer whatever your chosen sport.