Weight training:Pros and cons

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 06, 2014

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Weight training can have long-term benefits on your overall health and well-being. However, everything has its pros and cons and so does weight training. Here are some of them listed for you.
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    The Good and the Bad

    Weightlifting is believed to have many positive and long-term effects on your overall health and well-being. The four main benefits of weightlifting are improved strength, increased muscle mass and metabolism, improved coordination and improved bone mineral density. All these benefits can be extracted from different aspects of weight training that are unique to its use. Besides, you can easily learn how to include some components of weight training in your routine to receive each of the specific benefits. However, weight training also has some pros and cons. Read on to know more about them.

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    More Strength

    When you are into six to eight weeks of weight training, the body gains better ability to use the muscle fibers and produce force. However, after this period, the strength gained becomes slow and can stop frequently. This indicates that the more you lift weights, the more overall strength you will gain. You must stick to repetitive training using your muscles at maximum intensities prior to reaching the peak of your strength.

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    Increase in Muscle Mass

    One of the most important reasons to for weight training is muscular growth and development. Muscle building takes place when the damaged muscles during exercise grow back bigger than what they were before the exercise. Having bigger muscles means you have an improved resting metabolism because maintaining the amount of muscle you have will need some extra energy. Each additional pound of muscle you gain burns an extra 7 to 15 calories in a day on an average.

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    Better Coordination

    Doing weight training can improve your overall body coordination. This plays a vital role for the elderly who are vulnerable to injury caused by losing balance. Also, besides better coordination for injury prevention, the coordination improvements translate into sports related activities and can turn you into a better athlete.

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    Weight Lifting and Brain

    Although much is not written on the long-term effects of weight-lifting on the brain but, a lot can be found on effects of long-term steroid use on the brain. Steroids are hormones used by weight lifters to enhance performance and muscle mass. Research on the effects of weight lifting on various physiological systems of the body can be found. Some of them implicate that lifting weight can have long-term benefits on the bone mass and not on the brain.

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    Poor Heart Conditions

    Weight training can lead to poor breathing thus, having adverse long-term effects on the heart. When you lift a heavy weight, you hold your breath which increases spikes your blood pressure making the heart to pump against greater resistance. This can lead to heart enlargement and complications in later life. A doctor or physician must be consulted before taking up a weight training program. The doctor can ensure that your the heart and blood pressure are normal for the activity.

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    Fighting Disease

    Weightlifting can strengthen your immune system thus, it can prevent the onset of chronic conditions like osteoporoses and arthritis.  With age, the muscle mass diminishes which leaves the bones and joints vulnerable. But when you lift weight, it makes them healthier. Lifting weight does not put stress on the joints the way high-impact cardio exercises like jumping and running do.

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    Stress Reliever

    Stress can be caused by many things, your work, your family or your life in general. However, weightlifting can be the solution for all your stress-related troubles. When you lift weight it helps you take off your mind from other issues and releases endorphins, which are considered by natural antidepressants and pain relievers. It will help you feel much happier and builds up self-confidence.

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