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5 Reasons Why You Should Lift

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๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ WHY LIFT? (Part 1 of 2) ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I was asked this question recently, and it struck me that (hello!) this isnโ€™t always clear. If your goal is to get stronger or to gain muscle, then you probably recognize that lifting is going to play a big role. But what if your goals are different? Why lift?

Here are 5 reasons why ๐™”๐™Š๐™ should lift:

1๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฝ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€

Thereโ€™s something magical about picking up something heavy...heavier than you realized you were capable of. I mean, thatโ€™s pretty badass. Realizing your full potential is powerful enough to change your life.

2๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐—ฎ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜๐—ต ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜

Lifting with intention teaches us that failure isnโ€™t final, itโ€™s just information. Canโ€™t lift a weight? Recover and try again next week. Canโ€™t perform a tricky movement? Put in the reps to get better over time. Practice may not make perfect, but it sure does make progress.

3๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€

Long before I started lifting, I was practicing yoga, Spinning, and running. After I started lifting consistently, all of these activities became MUCH more comfortable. I moved with greater ease since my muscles were stronger and more balanced. Have you plateaued or are you ready to โ€œlevel upโ€ in an activity? Odds are, lifting will help.

4๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ

Iโ€™m not really the coach to go to for weight-loss tips, but hereโ€™s one that WORKS: Focus on boosting your metabolism by building muscle. Muscle burns more calories at rest than body fat does; increase your muscle mass to boost your metabolism. Trust me, a faster metabolism is far more effective than dieting or using exercise to burn calories.

5๏ธโƒฃ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ

Be honest with yourself: Is it important to you to be able to move freely throughout your life? Lifting will keep your joints mobile, will help retain muscle mass as you age, and will keep your movement patterns strong.

Stay tuned for part two with 5 more reasons, and let us know: Why do you lift?


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