The "Why" Behind the Weights

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on July 8, 2013

I woke up sore this morning. While this is not an unusual occurrence for me, I am constantly surprised at the new muscles that I feel that I’ve never felt before, or am surprised can even get sore! The reason this soreness is now often my norm is because weight training is a major component of my workouts. I’ve been an athlete my whole life, but this is really the first stretch of time that I’ve done consistent weight training. Working out always feels good (when you’re done…), but lifting weight gives me a different sense of satisfaction. I like feeling strong. I like feeling capable. I like knowing that I can trust my body.

Whether you’re an avid athlete, a runner, a once a week visitor to the gym, or a person who avoids exercise all together, weight training should be added to your routine. For some, the idea of this conjures images of muscle bound men in tank tops grunting in front of the mirror. Fear not! Weight training certainly can involve weight lifting, but can also range from using resistance bands to your own body weight. There’s a good fit for just about anyone. I mentioned all the reasons I enjoy it, but it just so happens there are a number of health benefits to it as well. Here are just a few:

•    Weight training increases your overall lean muscle mass. Increased muscle mass increases your resting metabolic rate, which means you burn more calories and fat.
•    Weight training increases your overall mineral density, which greatly decreases your risk for osteoporosis. This is especially important for women!
•    Weight training not only increases muscle mass, but also strengthens connective tissues and increases your overall joint stability. It acts as reinforcement for the joints and decreases your chance for injury. This also helps in alleviating back pain.
•    A recent Harvard study showed that ten weeks of strength training reduced depression symptoms more than standard counseling.

 

-Dr. Breanna Tivy


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