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By Stuart Turner, Feb 4 2015 03:46PM

Healthy Behaviours - What you might not know about Lifting Weights


If you're interested in having Better Posture, More Energy, Better Recovery from an Injury, Pain Free Movement, Less Stress, Reduced Fatigue or Greater Concentration ... lifting weights really will help!


If you spend hours in the gym doing cardio work you will no doubt lose some weight, but will those South facing elements start heading north? Probably not ... You need to lift weights! Lifting weights can and will change your body shape. By lifting weights you can build muscle in specific places, so if you want tighter abs and a firmer bum then lifting weights is the best option. And don't worry, you won't end up looking like the worlds strongest man and you'll still burn calories - if you train right you can burn a lot more with weights.


Being stronger helps prevent injury - experts estimate that as many as 80% of people will have back pain at some point in their lives. I'm willing to bet that a large proportion of these could be reduced if they were stronger in the right areas. The same could be said for knees, hips, shoulders etc. Obviously this is a very simplistic view and the human body is more complicated than that. But if you're weak you have more chance of getting injured. So it's better to be strong.


Lifting weights will help with fat loss - the intensity of a full body circuit training session can be considerably more than a steady cardio session on a treadmill or cross trainer. You'll also have a higher post workout calorie burn as well so it's win, win. Although the effect of this is often exaggerated, muscle will increase your metabolism and therefore you will burn more calories at rest.


And what's more - lifting weights will guard against osteoporosis. The simple act of lifting will encourage your bones to get stronger, and you'll have better balance from exercising so won't fall over anyway


What you may want to know ...


How much weight should I lift and how often?

Try and lift 2-3 times per week to start with, and you should aim to lift as heavy as you can with good technique. If you are unsure about your technique please ask me in the gym, even if you don't train with me normally I am always willing to advise.


Isn't it dangerous?

Not with the correct exercise selection and technique. You can ask me or one of the gym instructors to show you the correct technique - it's amazing how easy it is once you know how.


Won't it make me too bulky?

Nope, cakes make you bulky. Lifting weights helps you get lean and strong. You will just need to be working on the right areas, let me know what you want to achieve and I can point you in the right direction.


Will it make me ache?

Probably! If you do it right then yes it may ache a little after a few days, but this will quickly pass as your body adapts and strengthens. No pain no gain and all that jazz!


Will I see results quickly?

Yes you should be able to see a noticeable change in body shape within a couple of months. You will feel better and stronger a lot sooner than this too.