DO you hear yourself saying “one last time” a lot? Kids never want the fun to stop. They have boundless energy and don’t understand our supply is limited.
If one of your goals is to keep up with the kids, then you need to “lift”; you need functional strength and with it comes an increase in energy which will have you on your way to keeping up with them for longer – even if it’s just for one last throw in the air.
Let’s face it, not many of us want to look like body builders, most of us just need to be functional but what is functional?
For most of us, an increase in strength and fitness translates to an enhanced enjoyment of life. Playing with the kids is a perfect example of functional fitness.
Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions I face as a trainer is that lifting weights makes you big: This is simply not true.
Increasing muscle size requires lifting very heavy weights and usually in isolated movements rather than in functional movements. Lifting lighter weights in functional movements will result in you being “life ready” and not big. Your muscles will become denser rather than larger.
Imagine a muscle as a pipe full of many, muscle fibres. Lifting weights prompts your body to lay down more muscle fibre within the pipe. Your muscles will get stronger before they get bigger. Lift in the correct weight, repetition and set range and you’ll be able to increase your strength without increasing your size.
Along with the increase in muscle fibre comes an increase in your metabolic rate. Increase your muscle fibre and your body now burns more energy (calories), even while you’re not working out. Your body will burn fat and your energy levels/metabolic rate will increase. All this adds up to more vitality.
So, lift and you’ll be ready for all the things life throws at you, as well as being able to throw the things that love to be thrown, your kids!
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[source_author]Michael O’Neill Personal Trainer/Master Trainer A.I.F.[/source_author]