Why I love to lift

June 18, 2016

 

As a personal trainer this article may seem like a shameless promotion of the benefits of my services. That being said I think it is important to remind ourselves of the importance of regular exercise or training. Many people find it difficult to fit training into their busy schedule. Well here a few reasons why you should make exercise a priority in your weekly schedule alongside your work, family, educational and social commitments.

 

A few possible benefits of regular training or exercise are:

 

  • Improved body composition

  • Increased energy levels

  • Increased lifespan

  • Strengthens muscles

  • Strengthens bones

  • Improved immune function

  • Improved mood

  • Improved memory and concentration

  • Improved co-ordination

  • Improved stress management

 

All these reasons are great but they may not be enough to get you out of bed early in the morning or make you go to the gym after a long day at work. The most powerful motivating factor is:

 

  • Enjoyment

 

You have to find a mode of exercise or training that you enjoy and look forward to doing. This will increase the consistency of your training. In turn this will improve the results of your training. As a result of these improvements you will be more likely to enjoy your exercise or training. You have to learn to love it!!

 

Personally speaking; I love lifting weights. Whether it is pure strength training (low reps + high loads), hypertrophy training (moderate reps + moderate loads) or bodyweight training (lifting a lot of weight in my case), I love it. I have thoroughly enjoyed resistance training, since I first started going to the gym consistently, back when I was sixteen. Over the last 11 years of resistance training I have availed of the following benefits:

 

  • Improved body composition

  • Improved strength

  • Improved power

  • Improved conditioning

  • Improved sports performance

  • Improved confidence

  • Improved stress management

 

Resistance training has also helped me:

 

  • To find a career that I enjoy and I am passionate about

  • Meet great people that I enjoy being around and inspire me

  • Help other people improve their life through training

  • Instil core values such as discipline and commitment that help me achieve in other areas of my life

 

All of these benefits started with enjoying my training. As with all things in life you may not enjoy every aspect of training and often you need to work on the areas that you don’t enjoy. For example; working on areas that you are weak on can really add to your physique and performance. That being said it is so important that you learn to love the process of exercise or training. Here are a few simple things that you can do to increase your enjoyment of exercise or training:

 

  • Choose a training modality or method that you enjoy

  • Train with people or in an environment that inspires, motivates and energies you

  • Set goals for each session and get excited about achieving them

  • Blast your favourite music

  • Relish the challenge

  • Stay consistent

 

What ever form of exercise you plan on doing today make sure you enjoy it and remember:

 

‘Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved”


Ralph Emerson

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