5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be Weightlifting

I was asked to write an article on weightlifting/body building, so wrote this one, but it was not technical enough. Instead of wasting it, I decided to make it my blog. I was very interested in what was being said and it made me reach for heavier weights at gym this morning. Don’t overlook the importance of strength training, especially as you get older. Here we go:

There is a preconception concerning weightlifting that brings to mind muscled men with serious 6 packs and bulging biceps. Certainly, personal trainers can put together a muscle-building, strength training routine that will sculpt certain individuals into statuesque bronzed models. That’s a minority though. Most of us are regular people keen on living the best life and striving to stay fit and healthy. Regardless of age, weight or gender, there are many good reasons why everyone should be weightlifting.

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  1. Weightlifting Burns More Calories.

Muscle burns more calories than fat. When you gradually increase your strength training regime, your body fat will get less and muscle mass will increase. As muscle burns more calories, you will be using more energy even when you are sleeping. If you are keen to firm up or lose weight, add strength training to maximise your success.

  1. Weight Training Makes You Stronger.

You only need to break a limb and have it in plaster for 6 weeks to know how much waste takes place when there’s not even regular muscle use. When you add a strength training regime to your workout, you will find yourself growing stronger. Lifting certain objects becomes easier. Core muscles strengthen, reducing backache and the chance of injury. Increased muscle strength not only benefits each of us physically, but also mentally, increasing ability and confidence.

  1. Metabolic Health Improvements Come From Weight Training.

Research has shown that metabolic health issues such as blood pressure and insulin responses improve with a strength training routine. The research, led by Professor Scott R. Collier of Appalachian State University, USA, found that resistance (weight-bearing) exercise resulted in lowering blood pressure more effectively and for longer than aerobic exercise. Strength training increases blood flow to active muscles and is considered a valuable addition to aerobic exercise routine. Research has also shown that strength training can assist in controlling blood sugar levels, so it’s also a great option if you are Diabetic.

  1. Lift Weights – Lift Depression

This is an unexpected advantage of weightlifting. According to a Harvard University study, ten weeks of strength training had greater success in improving the effects of depression than counselling. Another study in mature depressive adults found a greater success in reducing depression with higher intensity weight training than lighter weights. It’s important to, under guidance, challenge yourself with increasing weights and keen working out.

  1. Strength Training Prevents Bone Loss.

Osteoporosis increases with age as a result of bone loss. Studies have shown that weightlifting and strength training not only slows bone loss but also contributes to building bone. When stress is put on muscle it tends in turn to put pressure on surrounding bone, pushing it and causing tension. This leads to increased deposits of calcium and bone forming cells become more active, resulting in stronger bones. Also weight bearing exercise tends to target bones that are more vulnerable to osteoporosis – triggering improvements in bone mass in the spine, ribs, hips and wrists.

Regardless of age, gender, fitness level or weight, strength training should be added to every exercise routine.

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That’s physical strength, this is spiritual and eternal…

Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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Looking For The Bigger Picture

One of my great pleasures in life is to be able to sit down in front of the TV or next to an audio message, or even at a restaurant or in a waiting room and CROSS-STITCH! I have a new one on the go. Bigger than the last one I did of “Granny”. I wrote about that as well…

Granny-framed cross stitch

Mike’s Mom, aka Granny in her early 20s

I have been asked in days gone by ‘why?’ Why do I like immortalizing photos in thread? It is SO time consuming. My time is worth so much more. I guess the same can be said of prolific readers – while reading, they are not making money, but they are being transported into another world. Seeing life through a different perspective and enlarging their horizons without going anywhere.

I find a lot of value in cross-stitching.

I am creating a beautiful work of art, yet I am not creative.

I feel sublimely artistic, yet I cannot draw.

But those are surface feelings. There are deeper more meaningful thoughts that come to mind when I have needle in hand.

Life slows down when I take up my WIP (Work in Progress). It stills me. You cannot rush this hobby. I have time to think. So often, I see each tiny square upon which the stitch will sit, as a period of time. The picture is like an entire life. It has a beginning and it has an end. Each of us are a WIP. As with our lives, there are easy parts of the cross-stitch pattern which unfold simply and easily. Then there are tough parts that take more time to sort out. They are bitty, time consuming – they could even be described as tedious and difficult, but they must be done to complete the picture. They will get done and easier parts are ahead. And so it is with the seasons of our lives.

I think one of the things about cross-stitch over which I marvel the most in its parallel with life is the underside. It’s messy and hardly recogniseable. Life can become a shambles. The loose threads of emotional turmoil, struggles and difficulties hide the creating of a perfect picture. The layers of thread intertwined mess up the image that is being created….

Underside of cross stitch Davids guitar

But on the other side, things look good. It’s all taking shape….

Upside of cross stitch Davids guitar

But it’s not the whole picture. You can only see part of it and quite often the part we do see doesn’t make sense.  It may even look a bit out of shape or the colours all wrong. We are seeing it too close up and not from a distance where it will all fit together perfectly.

The Creator knows the other side of our lives. He sees our perfect picture unfolding. It’s not the whole picture, because it’s not yet finished. There is more to come. It’s being built day by day, moment by moment, thought by thought, word by word. It’s why we have to trust the Creator each minute of our lives with each aspect of our world. In trusting and believing God, the picture of our life will be complete in the best possible way.

If you are going through a hard time, there is a bigger picture. You just can’t see it yet.

Cross stitch picture so far Davids guitarAnd it’s definitely not yet complete. There’s more to come.

Proverbs 3:5 & 6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

No wonder I love cross-stitching – such amazing life-parallels.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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