Do you even lift, bro?
Weightlifting (also known as strength training) might seem like a club with its own lingo and exclusive membership – but we promise it’s an area of fitness everyone and anyone should be adding into their routine given how beneficial it is.
Why lift weights?
There are a tonne of benefits to strength training. Here are just a few to whet your appetite:
You’ll build muscle
Muscle is great, and, ladies, don’t worry about turning into Arnie. As we get older our muscle and bone density will naturally decline, a strength training routine will help to counteract this. And remember, lifting body weight is just as effective!
More muscle, better metabolism
As you build up your lean muscle percentage, your metabolic rate will increase. What does this mean? It means you’ll be burning more calories simply by existing. Yes, thanks.
We mentioned this earlier, lifting will help you strengthen your bones. Stronger bones equal less risk of fractures or breaks – especially important as we grow older.
No gym required
While you may think it’s only gym rats that lift weights, the truth is you can bust out a strength training routine anywhere. You could buy some weights to use at home, or you could simply take advantage of your own body weight. YouTube is an amazing resource for finding at home fitness routines. No excuses.
Tips for weight training
- Start low and slow. Don’t show off or test yourself when you’re just beginning. Keep your weights low and take your time.
- Stay in control. This tip goes hand in hand with the first point. Keep your weights low and stay in control of them, you don’t want to injure yourself or someone else.
- Keep hydrated. Keep up your fluids, especially if you’re working out in a hot environment.
- Take a towel. Especially important if you’re lifting at a gym or other shared space.
- Check your posture. Are you standing straight? Good posture equals good form (which equals fewer injuries!).
Now, it’s over to you! Time to get lifting.