14 - Be strong and why lift weights . . . vitality!

Reason for this Goal and why lift weights?:   Be strong by lifting weights is the best way to create a body that will perform for you throughout your life, help you live longer and help sculpt a body that you will be proud of.  It’s not just for bodybuilders.   Lifting weights, as you get older, ensures that your bones stay strong.  You send signals to your body that you are still growing, instead of the alternative of decaying. 

The feeling you have when your body is rebuilding itself after working out with weights is a natural high in itself.   

One of the reasons that people show signs of aging and have mobility issues is that there muscles are not being looked after. There are many experts in the field of health who say that muscle strength is one of the top predictors of how long you will live. 

My mother is a retirement home and I can tell you first hand that there is a huge difference between adults who have looked after their health be exercising and those that haven't. The ones that haven't are the ones that have poor mobility issues and use walkers and wheel chairs. 

Why lift weights . . . 10 reasons why you should be strong!

The best reasons I’ve come across for why lift weights, from a physiological standpoint, are explained in the book, Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley.    Some of the many benefits include . . . 

  1. Improves how you look and feel - important to your self image and that projected to others
  2. Improves whole body metabolism -  aiding fat loss 
  3. Reduces feelings of depression 
  4. Fights osteoporosis - loss of bone mass
  5. Improves your performance - in sports
  6. Improves your overall heart health
  7. Improved balance - and reduced risk of falling as you age
  8. Results in a lean and fit body -  not big and bulky 
  9. Improves your mental health - essential to living a happy productive life
  10. Live Longer - there are numerous studies on the benefits to longevity 

With these benefits and numerous more, it is my personal belief that every one of us should be lifting weights every week.  Be strong. You don't need to look like a body builder to receive these benefits.

My daughters, who are currently in their mid twenties, lifts weights frequently, and love it.  My wife and routinely incorporate weight lifting into our daily exercise routine.  I use to belong to a gym where I could do some more serious weight lifting.  I will join a gym again to improve my strength further and ensure I receive the numerous benefits detailed above.

Suggested Target Goal:  Lift weights a minimum of once a week for one year.
Outrageous Goal:  Lift weights every week for the rest of your life.

You can join a gym, or just purchase a set of nested dumbbells and work out at home to a workout routine, such as by Fitness Blender.   Fitness Blender is a couple who have hundreds of on-line fitness videos, many of them incorporating weights in their routines.  Why lift weights . . . check it out here

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Last updated: December 12, 2019