Good morning all, thought I’d add something to my blog as it’s been a while.
I can tell from peoples faces when I say I’ve been lifting weights four times this week, they’re really thinking ‘you lift weights?’ Just because my chest and arms don’t bulge out of my clothes doesn’t mean I don’t look like I weight lift. I tell you what, I’ll take off my top and then you can react again. Don’t worry, I’m not about to upload any half naked pictures of me on here or anything! Maybe another time…
I’m not training to be a World’s Strongest Man competitor but do I look like I train? I sure do! I’m pretty fit at the moment and my muscles are defined (even if they don’t bulge out of my clothes). Lifting weights isn’t all about building big biceps, it’s about health and fitness. I was pleased to see Dr Christian Jessen tweet the other day that in fact he does no specific cardio training at all. He simply lifts weights and for those of you who have seen the odd episode of Embarrassing Bodies or Supersize vs Superskinny, you’ll know he’s pretty ripped to say the least. Weight training has a number of advantages and to get some cardio in your routine try mixing it up with some different workout techniques. I wrote another article just the other day on kettlebell training so you should check that out too. In a nutshell, they combine cardio and strength training together.
So here are a few benefits of weight training and thanks to Men’s Health for some of the facts:
- Your clothes will fit better
- You’ll keep your body looking young
- You could lose 40% more fat
- You could burn more calories
- You build stronger bones
- You’ll become more flexible
- Your heart will be healthier
- Your diet will improve
- It’s a stress reliever
- You’ll sleep better
- You’ll be happier
- You’ll stay sharp
- You’ll add years to your life
Now there’s just a few and there are loads more. So if you thought that lifting weights were just for muscle heads then think again. Give it a go, even if it’s only for a month or so.
Thanks for dropping by,