The Benefits Of Weightlifting

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My mother, brother and I lived with my grandparents when I was about six years old and that’s when I was first introduced to weightlifting. My grandparents had an indoor porch that was about 30 yards in length and one end had gliding chairs and an old squeaky chain swing. On the other end was an exercise bike with old plastic cement weights, lifting bars that were solid metal with rigid grey plastic covering to keep the weights separated on the bar and a wobbly wooden weight bench that my grandpa made. I remember swinging back and forth on that squeaky swing watching my grandpa perform the bench press, which later on became my favorite exercise. My grandpa was in his 60’s at the time so he wasn’t lifting heavy weights, but at the time I was…show more content…
I’m okay with not being able to run marathons as it is not my objective, but my cardio was horrible. This was all due to my eating habits. I went from 135lbs to 165 from just eating junk in a matter of a year. I understand that isn’t a lot of weight, but I am only 5’2” and my healthy body weight is around 125-130lbs. My goal was more food equals more gains in the gym so I was eating around 5000-6000 calories a day. I increased my lifting weight extremely fast, but my body fat was getting out of control. I was always tired and became really lazy because I didn’t have the energy to do anything. I finally realized this cannot be good for my health and I need to find a way to achieve my goals while still maintaining good health. I still want to be big, but I want to be healthy as well. Since I was consuming so much food my metabolism was constantly working so it wasn’t damaged beyond repair. My metabolism can burn calories more effectively now since I have adjusted and cleaned up my diet. Dieting has improved how I feel while at the same time increasing my energy giving me the opportunity to play and run around with my kids. I also wanted to look like a person who lifts weights and with a bad diet all my hard work in the gym would be in vein. Once I cleaned up my diet the fat started to melt away and I could finally see the muscle I’ve put on over the years. Weightlifting has improved my overall health by increasing my endurance, activity level, and improving my diet. As I become older and wiser, I have learned that the only way to live a long, healthy and positive life is to weight train and have a healthy diet plan to go along with
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