Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weight training – Use it or Lose it !!!!

Weight training is a type of physical activity for developing the strength and size of skeletal muscles. It generally targets specific muscle groups and is done using free weights(dumbbells, barbells) or machines.
First of all, please note that it is not the same as weight-lifting, body-building or power-lifting!!!!!

It only makes use of weights and has various benefits like -
Strengthen bones, especially important for women
Make you stronger and increase muscular endurance
Increase your Posture and hence your confidence and self-esteem
Improve coordination and balance
Weight training can reverse the natural decline in your metabolism which begins around age 30
Weight training makes you less prone to lower-back injuries.
It has positive effects in controlling diabetes, cholesterol level, osteoporosis, etc.
You have stronger core muscles (lower back and deep abdominal muscles) which increase your endurance level
Weight training is the best form of exercise for women !!!

And it doesn't take as long as you might think.
It raises your metabolism
Muscles are an active tissue, and hence need energy for sustenance, which means you burn calories even while sitting!!!!!
Increasing your lean body mass actually makes your body a fat-furnace !!

Use it or Lose it!!
Lean Muscle mass decreases naturally with age (age-related atrophy) and is replaced by fat.
Muscle mass is directly related to your strength to carry out daily activities more efficiently.
Weight training can help you tone your muscles, improve your appearance and fight age-related muscle loss.

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