|Medical professionals suggest|
staying away from high-intensity
weight training until nearing
adulthood. I laughed in the
face of science and began early
on....of course, I started with two
balloons on a stick.
Why Lift Weights
Did you know that the key to weight loss is (not only a combination of diet and exercise) but resistance training versus cardio? It's true. We once thought the longer you worked out on the treadmill the better (God, I shake my head in embarrassment with what I thought I knew...I can't believe the things I used to say to people...), but now we know that the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn (at least now we do...who knows what the next decade will bring).
Did you also know that by lifting weights you will reduce your chance of injuries down the road (especially as you age) and the likelihood of falls and other accidents? In addition, it keeps your body strong and your ass looking fabulous (let's not forget looking good naked...it's on the top of everyone's list). In a nutshell, resistance training keeps you young (and that's enough for me).
|There is no need for special workout|
gear when you are lifting weights.
Although I would suggest shoes that
protect your foot from a falling dumbbell.
But that type of shoe would not go with
I promise you, once you get used to the gym environment and learn the lay of the land, you will feel more comfortable and look forward to seeing those that share your workout schedule. Although I consistently talk of fitness culture being a barrier, I also believe it can be a great source of social connection (if one is able to stick through the uncomfortableness of the novice stage). Plus, if you find someone able to workout with you, you are more apt to stick with it.
|Jerry started lifting weights at 65. |
At that time, he couldn't even lift a
pencil. Was it creepy of me to sneek
into his bathroom to take this pic?
On the other hand, compound exercises like the chest press or seated row will target three muscles at a time and train for function and injury prevention. Perfect for those that want to increase strength, boost their metabolism, and decrease their risk of injury!
Wanna know more (of course you do...this stuff is waaaay to exciting not to)? I'm saving the juicy bits for my next post. I will provide you with a few tips and considerations that will make your time in the gym effective and efficient (not to mention productive). Meanwhile, think about how you can add a bit of resistance to your life (in a good way). Although you may not see any changes immediately, it is an investment over time that reaps too many rewards to mention.
Until next time.