Why Everyone Should Lift Weights
There are so many reasons you should start lifting weights and I want to tell you why.
Beyond the physical appearance that you get from lifting, there are a lot of health benefits to consider.
You will feel physically better!
If you are properly executing a strength routine there is no doubt that you will feel better all around.
“Research demonstrates that resistance exercise training has profound effects on the musculoskeletal system, contributes to the maintenance of functional abilities, and prevents osteoporosis, sarcopenia, lower-back pain, and other disabilities.”
So what does that all mean for you? Well, the musculoskeletal system simply put, is the relationship between the two important systems in your body; the muscular system and the skeletal system.
They work together in order to create movement and without one, the other cannot work.
Most aches and pains are musculoskeletal.
That means that most people’s pains are in fact “fixable” or “curable” by course correcting how their muscular system leverages the skeletal system.
Since our body are literally a bunch of muscles pulling bones we have to make sure that they are working properly, otherwise our body’s check engine light will go on.
The only difference between our check engine light and our car’s is that ours works by sending pain signals.
So if you are improperly loading the body while lifting, walking, running or performing any physical task it will tell you so by using it’s receptors to alarm you of pain.
However, the body has seven (7) main systems of movement; so if you can identify which of the seven movement patterns is faulting you can work to correct the pattern and relieve the pain.
Being functional is another important benefit.
I want you to go to your nearest Walmart and look around for all of the people who limp, shuffle or walk a little “funny.”
Now I want you to understand that most of those people are affected by poor motor recruitment, meaning that their body is moving in a faulty pattern.
This is just one example of the above mentioned “maintenance of functional abilities,” given that one (1) of our seven (7) movement patterns is gait, otherwise known as walking.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be the old folk who is hunched over a walker, shuffling place to place slower than ever.
If you properly exercise and incorporate balance drills into your program, you will be surprised at how much you can change in your everyday physical tasks.
Osteoporosis is bad, lifting weights is good.
If the body has no need for the skeletal system it will eventually stop fueling it with energy to keep it strong and youthful.
By lifting weights, your body is going to put a demand on the musculoskeletal system, meaning that you can really work against awful things like osteoporosis.
Since our body is always on the path of least resistance it will put it’s time and energy into things that it determines is valuable.
The whole "use it or lose it” quote works really well here, because it has even been noted that properly squatting and deadlifting not only have no negative impact on knees, but that they can actually create a demand for the body to maintain a stronger structure in the knees.
Which do you hate more, working out or low-back pain?
Many people are in awe when they work with myself or one of my trainers, because they can’t wrap their heads around the fact that our Corrective Exercise Program can relieve them of their low-back pain.
Through proper rolling, stretching and strengthening we have found success time and time again when it comes to alleviating pain.
Some examples of pains we have corrected are; low-back, knees, ankles, shin splints, SI joint, hips, shoulder blade, front shoulder capsule, neck, migraines and much more.
All of the following mentioned pains were simple movement impairments that needed to be corrected.
For the untrained eye or non-professional, accomplishing these feats will be a bit challenging, but they are still doable if you have the correct resources.
However, if you want professional help, it is certainly a help to seek out a good NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist that can help you.
Want to crack at it on your own?
The most important thing to do when going on this route is to have the right material to follow.
If you want to get to the route of your aches and pains without professional guidance, these below mentioned books are some of the best resources I can provide to you.
NASM Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training by the National Academy of Sports Medicine
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr. Kelly Starrett
The Muscle Virus Solution by Elliott Hulse
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
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