In a nut shell the benefits of weight training are: Increased metabolic rate, by having more muscle mass your body burns more calories per day, which inevitably helps you burn off the unwanted body fat. Increasing and restoring bone density: strength training increases your bone density as well as keeping it strong into old age, avoid Osteoporosis later on in life by lifting heavy! Increased Muscle Mass: More muscle mass means more calorie burn throughout the day. Aesthetics: strength training builds a body that is lean and mean, less body fat more lean muscle, less cellulite, etc. The benefits outweigh the negatives especially since I can't come up with a single negative aspect of weight training.
I listened to a phenomenal podcast this morning while cleaning and I just feel like I need to share it with all of you. I listen to the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness podcast in itunes and this one had super special guests Jim Laird and Molly Galbraith from J & M Strength and Conditioning in Lexington KY. http://j-mstrength.com/. These two are an example of what great trainers are supposed to be like. Anyways in the episode they talked about one of the women that they train and it is something I think will blow your mind. http://www.themissfits.com/you-cant-serve-two-masters/ The girl in this article can deadlift 365 pounds...Look at how petite she is and that is proof right there that heavy lifting does NOT make you big and bulky...365 pounds...gosh darn it I am still working on getting mine over my own body weight. Something to work towards I suppose.
The article above is also a great one in showing what the difference is for someone stuck in the "chronic cardio" mindset, which admittedly I struggle with, but am working on daily. Mentally it is hard to wrap our minds around the fact that less is more... So I will leave you with this happy thought. Train Smarter, not longer.
Oh here is the wonderful podcast I listened to earlier I really hope that you take some time to listen to it, honestly I am probably going to listen to it a couple times a month to remind myself to stop running so darn much and to focus on my weight training instead. http://eplifefit.com/2013/11/19/paleo-lifestyle-and-fitness-podcast-episode-64/
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