Does weight training make me healthier? Or is it just for looks?

  • WhoDey

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    Mar 08, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Hey guys I was just talking about this with a friend the other day.

    I run or play sports 4-5 times a week, but very rarely lift weight, so I'm wondering do I need to lift weights also to live a healthier lifestyle, or is it just something people do to improve their look?
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    Mar 08, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    cincinnatiguy12 saidHey guys I was just talking about this with a friend the other day.

    I run or play sports 4-5 times a week, but very rarely lift weight, so I'm wondering do I need to lift weights also to live a healthier lifestyle, or is it just something people do to improve their look?


    I wouldn't say that lifting weights is absolutely necessary for a healthy lifestyle. People can lift for aesthetics and/or functional fitness. If it's any motivation, the big compound lifts (bench press, squats, deadlifts, press) can help improve your performance in the sports you like to play. Also, bodyweight training can build and develop muscle without the need for pumping iron if you're not overly concerned about aesthetics or putting on muscle mass.
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    Mar 08, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    Ehhh it depends. Bodybuilding can be very taxing on your body, especially your nervous system. But that can be avoided if you take time to deload and rest every so often to let your nervous system fully recover. But that is the same thing as like running because it is healthy for your heart but can destroy your joints.
  • WhoDey

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    Mar 08, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
    thanks for the responses guys, I think I understand
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    Mar 08, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    It depends on which sports you play. Depending on which sports you play and at which positions, you may already be strengthening your muscles. Strong muscles make your bones stronger, which is important in the long run.

    Jeffy87 already mentioned that time in the weightroom can improve your athletic performance.
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    Mar 09, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Here's an interesting article..
    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2011/feb/13/health/la-he-adv-strength-training-20110213
  • WhoDey

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    Mar 09, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    xrichx saidHere's an interesting article..
    http://articles.latimes.com/print/2011/feb/13/health/la-he-adv-strength-training-20110213


    Thanks for the article, good read!