A few years back I was quite sick and let my weight pile on whilst I was comfort eating… what I didn’t realise were the consequences that all this fat was having on my body.
The weight I had put on was putting an extra stress on my already weak system.
I hate cardio with a passion, I suffer with asthma and running was always something I felt like I was useless at. Although cardio is still something I include in my weekly workout , I found a way to entice me to a gym 5 times a week and keep me looking as Sassy as can be!
I hired a Personal Trainer and learnt a way to shift my weight and keep it off.
What I found out from my Personal Trainer astonished me, the benefits of weight training are huge! Weight training improves the density of your bones, the strength of connective tissue, tendons and of course muscles! Weight training also plays a great part in disease prevention:
- for arthritis sufferers: weight training can be as effective as medication for pain relief
- for menopausal women: the bone density improves (as mentioned above) and this can aid in reducing the risk of bone fractures
- for the many type 2 diabetes sufferers: weight training can help in glucose control
- for anxiety and depression sufferers: studies have also shown that weight and resistance training can release happy endorphins which can help battle those unwanted symptoms
- in 2000, the AHA approved weight training for people with several kinds of heart disease
- & for those that need to self infuse regularly (like myself), weight training will also help increase the appearance of the veins . This is due to the hardening of the muscles pushing the venous tissues to the surface of the muscle, making the veins more prominent and easy to see for sticking with a needle!
All this from lifting a few weights and doing a couple squats? YES! As well as feeling great, increasing your self esteem and fighting fat!
Now if that’s not Sassy, I don’t know what is….
Start slow, build up your strength with weights. I recommend finding a Personal Trainer and creating a programme. Personal Trainers are the experts in the fitness field and they will tailor make a regime that will benefit you most and fit around your lifestyle and concerns.
I recommend talking to your doctor/physician first if you have any queries about weight training and your specific needs.
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