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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
April 30, 2018
So why do most people feel the need to make excuses when it comes to joining a gym? Why do we have such a few row trying to get healthy in front of people? Well, there is certainly a world out there where people shame, torment and insult those that are not quite up to snuff when it comes to their fitness. They feel way too self conscious and give in to the fears. Now the psychological side of getting fit and healthy is difficult, because these interior hang-ups. So here is the situation I present to you…what if I could give you a whole bunch of reasons to hit the gym and start that fitness journey? Here is some good reasons to get yourself in shape and hit those weights.
10. WHO DOESN’T WANT TO GET STRONG!
Sure, being aesthetically strong is a great thing, but who says you have to do it just for the sole? The biggest problem people have with weights is they think it is a narcissistic chase for perfection and one upsmanship. If anything, becoming more functionally strong is the goal at hand. Being more capable of doing your daily tasks whether it be from a personal level or a work level is a great feeling to have. Seeing other people struggle to do the things you do can be a perk, but be sure to encourage unless you want to be open of those gym going knuckleheads that think they way better than anyone. Always strive to be as functionally strong as you can, for you never know when that functional strength will be needed. It truly doesn’t matter how old you are or how strong you really are, being capable is a great feeling.
9. GAIN CONFIDENCE
Let me tell you about a little job I did for my aunt and uncle. I was worried about doing it because it was a little more complicated than I thought it would be. But I shook off the cobwebs and despite some missteps in regards to material, the job went without a hitch and it looked pretty good. This is the kind of feeling that weight lifting can do for you. Think that ladder might be too heavy? Think that barrel might be too heavy to move? I mean, there is no way I can move my car if it conks out and I need to push it! When you know your own strength and have a good vibe about your abilities, accomplishing these little feats will seem like a piece of cake. Think about what you do best and then remember the reason why you can attack that task so easily. It’s because you have done it so many times, accomplishing the action is just a natural feeling. Less second guessing means you can get more things done in the interim, and who doesn’t like efficiency?
8. IMPROVE YOUR HEART
Considering the scourge of heart disease in this country, doing anything that helps your heart is a must, and weight lifting adds a unique benefit. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/207417.phpOne of the biggest benefits of weightlifting is it forces more blood flow to your limbs, which is much more beneficial for your overall health. Several studies have compared weightlifting versus standard cardio exercises, and while aerobic exercises can put less stress on the arteries, weightlifting seems to have a better overall blood flow. Medium weight resistance training seems to be the best bet when it comes to this mantra.
7. GENTLEMEN! KEEP THAT TESTOSTERONE UP!
You’re heard those stupid commercials…fight off father time with testosterone therapy! Yup, the biggest scam in the world is making men believe they are draining testosterone like a spigot. But you know what really kills testosterone…not maintaining a good healthy regimen. There is no doubt that we men lose testosterone during our lives, for this elixir aids us in so many ways in regards to our general health. But relying on the myth of testosterone therapy can be damaging to your health. Exercise, maintaining a good body weight and eating right are far better ways to maintain your testosterone. Being overweight and sluggish doesn’t mean you have “Low-T,” it usually means you are not treating your body right.
6. LADIES! FIGHT THAT OSTEOPOROSIS!
While many of the benefits are unisex in nature, women have a unique reason to do some weightlifting. https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/weight-training#1As women get older and eventually hit the post-menopause stages of their life, their muscle mass and bone structure start to weaken. By building your body steadily over the course of their lives, women can prevent some of the hardships of age naturally. While many women freak out a little about “turning manly,” the truth is doing these exercises will allow for yourself to be stronger in your later life. And if you are truly concerned about looking like a man, trust me, that is a pretty big myth a great many people have fed into the subconscious of America.
5. WEIGHT TRAINING BURNS FAT BETTER
While it can be true that running miles and miles or biking can burn a ton of fat from your body, combining with weight training can really get the burn going. https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/strength-training-for-fat-loss-building-a-bigger-engine.htmlCardio and exercise are a good combination, but this alone can cause some muscle shrinkage. Gaining a little more muscle will not slow down the fat burning process, for the larger your muscle becomes, the more calories you can burn. There is also an interesting process at work as well call Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. This is basically the medical way of saying your metabolism will improve. Doing high rep weight training can just as effective as running some miles at the local track or doing some rowing. Keep a good compliment at your disposal.
4. FUEL THE COMPETITIVE FIRE
Some people go there entire life not really knowing how strong or how capable they can be in a given discipline. Being attached to a certain routine is intoxicating, but it can also lead to malaise. If you drive a souped up ’68 Challenger, driving the speed limit your whole life pretty much makes the money and effort for the upkeep on such a beautiful ride pointless. Some days you have to go all “John Wick” and take your car to a track or something and push the car as much as you can. This can be the same with your own life. Trying a competition and pushing your max weights can either help you feel a better sense of accomplishment or help you establish goals. Giving yourself a reason to stay consistent and healthy aids in keeping you from falling into those holding patterns or worse yet, giving up or stopping.
3. HELP YOUR BRAIN
One of the most important muscles in our body is not the traps, or the biceps or the quads. While the heart comes in a very close second, the most important part of your body is your brain. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110Over the course of many studies, exercise has been proven to be a boon for brain health, whether it be weightlifting or cardio. The key is this…you are increasing your blood flow and bringing in more oxygen to your body. Not only does this make your brain healthier, it aids in firing up the brain receptors as well. You are building various parts of your brain that rely on memory and motor function, and are thus fighting back another scourge that seems to be happening in the world right now…dementia. So keep doing those weights, because you are doing what is best for your brain, because this is one organ we sure as heck cannot replace right now.
2. LOWER YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE!
Ever wonder why your insurance agent gets so damn invasive when they first interview you? Well, as they check certain parts off their list, the more strikes against you, the harder it will be to cover you. So that means higher deductible and premiums, and more likelihood that a huge health event in your life will cost an arm and a leg. While the war over the health system rages on in the US, fully illustrating a lot of the weaknesses with our system, the best way to stay out of this argument is doing what you can to stay away. Injuries can happen with weightlifting, but they usually happen because you are going TOO heavy or doing Crossfit (c’mon, you thought I wouldn’t take at least one Crossfit shot!). So yes, lift the weights to stay strong and stay functional. It can definitely help you in the pocket book.
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Steve, a Parsons Training Client, went from 400 pounds to Running half-marathons, from lifting pizzas to lifting hundreds of pounds through training with us.