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6 Benefits of Weight Training

     Fitness is all about choosing the right diet and workout regime. Weight training can help you reach your fitness goal whether you are trying to gain weight or lose it. If you are focussed on a fitter body, you need to focus on the kind of workout you are doing every day. While cardio exercises help boost your fitness, introducing more muscle building training into your daily routine has several benefits.

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     When we think about weight training we typically think about huge, heavy and uncomfortable equipment that may cause more pain and harm than pleasure. This is not necessarily true. Weight training is usually begun with in a slow and phased approach. You are given very light weights and easy sets to begin with. Depending on the kind of results you want to see, your trainer would then be able to guide you on how much more you need to lift and how many times.

     In this article, we’ll take a look at how weight training can help you and become the training of choice for your daily routine.

  1.      Weights help give your body that extra bit of stress that is necessary to gain weight. You don’t have to lift weights that are too heavy, as long as the weights that you are using are sufficient to stimulate muscle growth. People who want to gain weight or muscle mass also need to focus on a good diet that is rich on proteins. Talk to your trainer and dietician about what combination of both you will need to gain those extra pounds.

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  3.      Weight training can make you healthier and prevent disease. By lifting weights, you can help burn the kind of fat that typically accumulates around vital body organs and that contribute to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Lifting weights also helps you to keep your blood sugar levels in check. This is especially useful if you are diabetic or have a family history of diabetes. Weight training is highly recommended for women to prevent osteoporosis. How it works is that it helps to build bone density thus promoting the strength of your bones. There have also been documented cases of weight training being useful in alleviating the symptoms of an arthritic condition.

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  5.      The more muscle you build, the easier it is to burn fat. Weight training helps you to build the right kind of muscle you need to burn fat, even when you aren’t working out. These type II muscle fibres that are gained by lifting weights help burn fat even when your body is at rest. If you are trying to lose some extra pounds, this is definitely an option to consider. If you keep at a regular routine and happen to miss out on a couple of weeks, the extra muscle mass you helped to build will keep the extra pounds at bay, even though you haven’t been able to stick to your diet or workout routine.

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  7.      It helps build your core. Your core strength is that which allows your body to employ the right muscle groups to perform certain actions to maximise efficiency of your movement. When you train with weights, your body learns how to better use your muscles to perform daily actions with ease and also helps to build your strength to perform more work. This makes you more flexible and also helps your body use the extra energy on other activities. You’ll find that you are able to do more work without huffing and puffing and are able to sustain activity over longer periods of time.

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  9.      It will not make you a muscle woman. A lot of women shy away from weight training in the fear that it will cause them to bulk up. This is a common myth; there’s really nothing to fear here. To gain the kind of muscles you see on strongmen, you need to follow a very rigorous training schedule and diet, all of which are specifically targeted at weight gain. Rest assured that the right trainer is aware of your fitness goals and will prescribe the right set of weight exercises you need to perform to achieve them. The only kind of muscle that you gain as a result of weight training is the kind that burns off your existing excess body fat, all of which is great if you are trying to lose a few pounds. 

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  11.      It’ll make you look good and feel great. While cardio helps, the resistance that weight training offers your muscles is what contributes to the visible improvement in your body shape. Liking what you see in the mirror will help boost your self-confidence and make you feel great about yourself. Clothes that fit you better, a more toned body and feeling more energetic everyday all help to make you feel better about yourself and is highly recommended as an antidepressant. All the endorphins that are generated as a result of a good workout also help to contribute to a more positive you. Several corporates encourage their employees to take up weight training to improve their performance on the job as a result of these positive effects. Office gyms at companies that value their employees tend to be well equipped with the right weight training equipment and trainers to keep their employees fitter, happier and more productive. Just like that Radiohead song!

     While the initial couple of weeks of your weight training routine may not show any results, you need to be patient. When you are weight training, the best results are seen after the first 3 months. This is because this is the amount of time it takes for your body to increase its strength as your muscles learn how to contract. After this time, you will notice that your body is showing a definite shape and is looking more toned than it used to be. Keep at your weight training routine faithfully and you are bound to see healthy results. Get ready for those compliments!

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