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CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
When most people think of weight training, somehow they are instantly drawn to the image of bodybuilders or male athletes “clangin’ & bangin’” heavy iron plates in sweaty, poorly ventilated gyms.
However, weight training is not solely limited to these groups. Absolutely anyone and everyone can benefit from having some form of weight training as part of their health & wellness programme.
A recent meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that people who participated in weight train are less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t, with a 10-17% reduction in risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, total cancer, diabetes and lung cancer.
While this is one global benefit of weight training, there are numerous other benefits that go on under the hood that assist in a longer, healthier life.
Physical benefits of weight training include:
Not only are there physical benefits, but there are also some big psychological benefits that come with weight training.
Psychological benefits of weight training include:
So we can see that introducing weight training from an early age can have long term benefits on both
To wrap up, it is pretty clear that weight training brings with it a multitude of physical, mental and emotional benefits that will only enhance our lives.
So whether you are 16, 60, or anywhere in between, make sure to include strength training as a part of your routine.
If you’re still a bit nervous about getting started, ABF has beginner and general level ‘PT at Home’ workouts using dumbbells that move at a slower pace and a stronger emphasis on getting your technique right.
Or, if you’re a regular at the gym, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask the staff for some advice.
Written by JD – Health and Human Performance Coach