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Oct 17, 2019

Healthy Living: Benefits of Weight Lifting

Jogging, cycling, and even walking are considered forms of exercise that can improve your overall health. It is recommended that you should incorporate at least thirty minutes of physical activity five days a week to maintain your health. But if you’re on a weight loss journey, even with a diet, it may not be enough. Strength training or lifting weights can be the missing ingredient to your weight loss journey. Tonight in Healthy Living, we find out more about its benefits.


Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

For many of us, when we think of weight lifting, the first image that comes to mind is a buff bodybuilder pushing or lifting heavyweights. But strength training does much more than build muscles.

 

Keanu Chaplin

Keanu Chaplin, Personal Trainer, Soul Spiral Wellness

“It’s for everyone; your grandma can do it.”

 

Personal Trainer Keanu Chaplin says it is all too frequent that people shy away from lifting weights.

 

Keanu Chaplin

“Someone who’s seventy years old with chronic illness won’t be lifting one hundred pounds obviously, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t strength train.   I find that a lot of people are more interested in cardio just cause you to know they want to sweat, but what a lot of them don’t know is that the strength training actually helps with burning fat just as much as cardio does.”

 

Lifting weights stimulates muscle growth, and as you build muscle, your metabolism increases, which means you start burning more calories – even while at rest. Beyond the weight loss benefit, strength training also helps to strengthen the skeletal muscle, which aids us in our everyday movements.

 

Keanu Chaplin

“It helps you with muscle contractions, and that helps you to build physical strength. It helps you build aerobic endurance, and it increases your skeletal muscle as well. Simple things like lifting box might be impossible for somebody who doesn’t really strength train, and then you find that after three weeks of doing it, you can lift a box that you may be struggling with if you hadn’t been training.”

 

One of the popular misconceptions about lifting weights, especially for women, is that lifting weights will make you look like a bodybuilder, but according to Keanu, that’s not the case.

 

Keanu Chaplin

“What I always tell them when they come with that. You know what feels best for you. If at any time you feel like you’ve reached your limits like toning or muscular wise like “I’m ok with that,” then I don’t really push it beyond what my clients are hoping for. Rule of thumb is: don’t rush it. This is a journey. If you’re thinking of joining the gym because you want to look muscular or you want to look buff in such a short time, that’s not the way to go. Exercise, whatever it is, has to be a lifetime type of thing. It should be an element. Just like water like you breathe air. Just like how we eat food. exercise whatever it maybe should be one of those elements. You have to be very aware: wholesome awareness. Aware of your surroundings. Aware of you’re feeling during the workout. Aware of your form of your breathing, especially.”

 

Physical trainers like Keanu can help with form and guidance. Ideally, the best exercise program for improving body composition and health includes both cardio and weights.

 

Keanu Chaplin

“It proves your appearance, of course, it improves your mental state of being knowing that you are physically strong somehow makes you mentally stronger and emotionally stronger, so it’s all connected.”


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