I feel like my life can be conveniently summed up in one of these memes:
I think that a lot of people have a misconception as to what weight lifting is. Why people do it. Why I do it. Why they should do it. And why they don’t do it.
“I like the way I look, why would I lift weights?”
“I only like to run. Why would I lift weights?”
“I don’t want to get bulky…why would I lift weights?”
“I don’t want to hurt myself..why would I lift weights?”
The fitness realm, unfortunately, is filled with a lot of bad examples.
So is Google.
There are infinite amounts of benefits to lifting weights, but some of the ones not boasted about are the ones that really matter.
You may have heard more horror stories about how someone’s crappy trainer injured them. Or how they never saw results. Or maybe they loved their trainer, they lost a ton of weight, but you personally don’t see value in that. You’ve probably heard close to zero stories about someone bragging about how their trainer changed their life- that they once couldn’t lift a few dinner plates into the cabinet over their head because they were too weak, but now can. Or someone who once couldn’t get out of a chair without flailing their legs about and using their arms, but now can get up out of a chair with ease. Or how someone once didn’t have the strength to get anything through a drive-thru but now can. (You can read that story here.)
But these are all real stories.
Lifting weights in strategic ways does all of this.
Or rather, I should say, functional training.
Moving your body with a functional purpose does all of this.
Working on your core strength, your overhead strength, your leg strength, and your back strength, will help you perform daily tasks. Not only now, but as you continue to age.
I think about all of the things that I do daily now that I might not be able to do as an old lady.
Simple things like loading and unloading my own car at Costco.
Knowing that if my dog escapes from the yard, I’ll be able to run after him.
Carrying 2 laundry baskets up the stairs at one time.
Women who are fit before and during their pregnancy have been shown to have easier labors.
It’s the little things in life that you forget to think about when debating whether or not you should go to the gym tonight. Interested in starting a family? Start lifting, ladies!
I wish more people would look at weight lifting as the key to a better quality of life.
Not as a means to an end or to look a certain way, but to ensure their daily, perhaps seemingly mundane, tasks well into their 60s, 70s, or even 80s.
I can assure you that lifting weights is more than a weird cult that more than half of you refuse to partake in. Like I said, the benefits of lifting weights are endless, but on the most simple level, it is good for the rest of your life.
If you don’t know where to start, ask someone who does.
The trainers at your gym, believe it or not, are there to help you.
Ask them for help. Tell them what your goals are, and let them know that you’re apprehensive.
We are not all out to kill you in the gym. It’s not our job to do that.
It’s our job to help educate you about your body, how it’s supposed to work and move.
Happy Lifting 🙂