Make Time for Weight-Lifting

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Make Time for Weight-Lifting

Often when we talk about adding exercise to your routine we focus on cardio or aerobic workouts. Weight-lifting is often reserved for those who take fitness to the extreme.

What if what we’ve always thought about weight lifting was wrong?

It turns out weight lifting isn’t just for muscle bound Mr. Universe types. Adding weight-lifting to your routine can help in a number of ways. The current recommendation for lifting weights is two to three times per week if following a beginner’s weightlifting routine. In order to get started safely, follow these tips.

Practice without weights

Use anything in your house to learn the basic motions of proper weight lifting. Review videos or websites about the proper techniques and use things like a broom handle or a flashlight to learn how to lift properly.

Add light weight

Once you know the proper technique, add a small amount of weight and begin reps. Use this light weight and do ten reps. If your muscles feel nearly exhausted after this, you are starting with the best weight. If not, add a little more until you reach that feeling.

Take an introductory class

An expert can help you with your form and motivate you to try harder. Your local gym may have a free introductory weightlifting class. Bring a friend and give it a try.

Your body will tell you

Certain weightlifting exercises target certain muscle groups. If you are using a technique that targets the upper back but your arms are feeling tired, you may be doing it wrong. Look at what you can correct and try again.

Keep progressing

Just because you start to feel more comfortable with light weights doesn’t mean you should stop there. When things become just a little too easy it is time to up the ante.

Add variety to your routine

Not only will your muscles get tired of the same old exercises every day, your mind will too. Change up the routine every day to add variety.

Take breaks

Muscle building is hard work so don’t be afraid to take breaks. Rest one day between weightlifting exercises. This is a good time to add low impact cardio into your exercise schedule.

What resources do you have in your community to start weightlifting?

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By | 2017-04-25T11:18:25+00:00 May 7th, 2014|Categories: Inside Nevada Pain|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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At Nevada Pain we believe that patient knowledge is a key component of any comprehensive treatment plan. It's one of our core guiding principles. By understanding the procedures for acute and chronic pain conditions that we treat, patients can make better informed decisions and choices for their own treatment plans. In our Inside Pain blog, we present accessible tips and tricks to incorporate into your own healthy lifestyle to help you manage and improve your current levels of pain.

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