The moment the word ‘weight-lifting’ is uttered, many of us think about pictures of body builders working out big time. It is a common misconception and nothing could be farther from the truth. Body-building takes weight-lifting as one of the routes, but by no means it is the only route. And, the motto of weight-lifting is not only to build your body.
After all, for picking up those workout equipment you don’t need to aspire to become Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Here are some reasons why weight-lifting is not just a body-building exercise:
- Osteoporosis, commonly known as marble bones or brittle bones, strikes people whose bone density is low. Weight-lifting is one of the best ways to increase bone density. Contrary to the popular belief, weight-lifting is more beneficial than running because the former promotes muscle break-down while the latter, being anabolic process, aids in building the tissues.
- Frequency of injuries is greatly reduced since it is not just muscles which get stronger but even tendons and ligaments, which connect bones, muscles and other tissues, get stronger. A vast majority of injuries are caused because of tendons and ligaments not being strong enough when the body is affected by a stressful force. With regular workout habits, the body becomes much more flexible and supple.
- Studies have revealed that health related risks get greatly reduced with regular weight training. Significant reductions in the rate of insulin resistance, blood pressure, diabetes and heart have been reported in people who consistently workout. A good weight training program coupled with a balanced diet can go a long way in keeping off chronic ailments.
- The rate of metabolism increases with weight-lifting thereby preventing fat gain. The quantity of food consumed is used beneficially all through. Again, one of the most common misconceptions is that using a muscle building program makes one big and bulky. It is not true at all. Weight-lifting will make you gain muscle but lose fat. A disciplined workout actually tones up your muscles.
- There is an over-all improvement in posture that could be derived from weight-lifting. Awkward postures often cause inexplicable pains everywhere. The way we stand and sit are influenced by the strength of the muscles located in neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdomen. Stronger muscles will help you to sit and stand straight comfortably.
- Last but definitely not the least one is the considerable improvement in self-esteem and self-confidence. It feels good to be fit, healthy and sprightly and it never hurts to look good as well. In addition, the muscle and bone strength will immensely benefit you in the other daily activities including working out more exercises and taking part in sports.
Now, what are you waiting for? Pick up those dumbbells and see what it takes to be healthy.
Tess Mathews is a freelance writer and a health enthusiast. She also happens to be a fitness-freak and workouts whenever she finds time with her indoor cycling bikes.