🏋🏼♀️ WHY LIFT? (Part 1 of 2) 🏋🏾♂️
I was asked this question recently, and it struck me that (hello!) this isn’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 𝙔𝙊𝙐 should lift:
1️⃣ 𝗧𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗽 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝗱𝗮𝘀𝘀
There’s something magical about picking up something heavy...heavier than you realized you were capable of. I mean, that’s pretty badass. Realizing your full potential is powerful enough to change your life.
2️⃣ 𝗧𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽 𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁
Lifting with intention teaches us that failure isn’t final, it’s just information. Can’t lift a weight? Recover and try again next week. Can’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.
3️⃣ 𝗧𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀
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 “level up” in an activity? Odds are, lifting will help.
4️⃣ 𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗺
I’m not really the coach to go to for weight-loss tips, but here’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.
5️⃣ 𝗧𝗼 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲
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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