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Weightlifting: A Wellness Exercise or Is It a Show off Exercise?
Weightlifting has been conceived by many as an exercise for muscular body builders. In other words, weight lifter are enduring the lifting to show off their large muscular size. Dont get me wrong, it presents a good body image and posture. In any case, it is far more beyond what we commonly assume. There are greater benefits than we originally thought. Psychologically, weightlifting makes us look or appear better. It is associated with increase in confidence andself-worth. One can reach higher basal metabolism because the muscles are more active that fat. In this article, I will be briefly discussing at least 4 common benefits of weightlifting exercises: Increased muscle mass and tone, improved bone strength, better body stability and lowered blood pressure.
Increased Muscle Mass and Tone
With respect to muscle mass and tone, men and women respond to a resistance training stimulus in the same way. On the other hand, due to gender differences in body size, body composition and hormone levels, gender will have a varying effect on the extent of muscular enlargement one may achieve. More greater changes in muscle mass will occur in individuals with more muscle mass when an exercise is started.
People who are elderly usually encounter cellular changes in muscle decreasing the actual muscle mass. The detrimental effects of aging on muscle have been shown to be restrained or even reversed with regular resistance exercise. Weight lifting in elderly, though on moderate level, still shows that resistance exercise also improves the connective tissue surrounding muscles. With repeat lifting, muscle mass sizes are noticed to increase.
Bone Strengthening and Body Stability
Weightlifting can help in bone strengthening. By stressing your bones through weightlifting exercise, there will be increases in bone density and reduction in the risk of osteoporosis. Body stability is essential for weightlifters. Unfortunately, one need to be stable in certain areas of the body to enable initiation of further training exercise and to achieve stability in other areas. Stability deals with continous maintenance of a condition even in the presence of forces that would counteract the state of a condition. Weightlifting can certainly help in maintaining body stability.
Lowering of Blood Pressure
When you talk about weightlifting and blood pressure, the proper question is “whether weightlifting is safe for people with high blood pressure?”. According to American Heart Association, one should not lift weight if ones blood pressure is higher than 180/110 mmHg (Millimeters of Mercury). However, if blood pressure is between 140 to 170 mmHg (Systolic) or 90 to 109 mmHg (Diastolic), one may need to check with a physician prior to resuming a weightlifting exercise. In any case, moderate weightlifting does not appear to have any negative effect on blood pressure. In fact, moderate weightlifting provides essential health benefits including lowering of blood pressure for a long time.
As I said earlier, showing off ones body through weightlifting is not really the core essential health benefits derived from the exercise. Our society is controlled mainly by physical observation we encounter. Good physical appearance is of course valued but it there is more to the exercise than we realize. I am sure that everyone value having normal blood pressure and especially having strong bones. Weightlifting should be promoted since it helps build muscle but should be regulated for people with high blood pressure.