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As we age, our bodies naturally lose muscle mass. To counteract this loss, most people should incorporate weight lifting into their fitness routine. Here are some of my favorite weight training tips:
Move your muscles through a full range of motion before working out. Consider walking on a treadmill or doing jumping jacks.
Lifting weights can improve your mobility and help you stay injury-free.
Have a goal and a plan to get you there. Understand what your focus is for the day, including which exercises and weights you’ll use.
Bad form can lead to injury. Study the correct form and execute it properly.
Always use safety rack or spotter, especially when doing squats or using the bench press. Make sure you are using the equipment properly.
Compound movements involve multiple muscles through a general range of motion, while isolation movements only use one muscle. When starting out, focus on compound movements to get more bang for your buck.
You won’t see progress unless you’re working out consistently. Slowly build and maintain muscle over time.
Change your workout focus every so many weeks. This adds variety and ensures you will keep seeing the benefits of the work you do.
You can get every bit of nutrition from whole, real food. There is no magic pill.
Make sure you’re resting enough between workouts and getting adequate sleep.
Reaching your goal may take months or years of training. Make weight training a regular part of your lifestyle.
By following these tips for weight training success, you will see a positive impact along your health and fitness journey!