Weight Training for Keeping Young

weightliftingWhile aging is something we can’t avoid, there are ways to keep it at bay and remain vibrant and active.  One of the main ways of doing this is to start and maintain a weightlifting program.

Some people have health conditions that keep them from lifting heavy weights, but research has shown you don’t need to lifting the heavy weights to keep your body in peak condition.  The key is starting a program, no matter how light the weights you use.

When you decide to start a weightlifting program, you must find out what weights you can lift comfortably for 10 reps.  This will require time as you use a trial and error method for each body part.  It is important that you work all different muscles because avoiding certain muscle groups can lead to an imbalance with certain muscles becoming weaker while other muscles become stronger.

This imbalance of muscle groups can lead to injuries so don’t avoid any group of muscles.  Many people develop muscle strains or injuries because they don’t want to work certain muscles.  Hamstrings are muscles that are often avoided and that is why many people struggle with hamstring injuries.

When you plan out you lifting regimen, you want to focus on different muscle groups for certain days.  For example, you could work out the lower body muscles on alternating days and on the days you are not working the lower body, you will be working your upper body.

One of the more common problems is lifting too much and not giving your body a day or two to rest.  Nonstop lifting without days of rest leads to muscle exhaustion and common strains and injuries.  This will also prevent you from making progress in gaining strength and size.

Plan your weightlifting program, start light and keep it up.  You will be amazed at the results.

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Go for the Greens

spinachThe research has proven that THE most important foods you can eat are green vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables.  The nutrients in green vegetables are as good as it gets and talk about antioxidant power!

Most people are now aware that a diet of processed foods, high sugar content, and bad fats will weaken your body’s immune system and will result in weight gain.  Junk food junkies are the poster boys for how to live an unhealthy life.  If most of your food comes in a box, it is not natural and you will gain weight and increase your chances of developing diabetes or other health problems.  If you start adding these healthy green vegetables, you will see the weight start coming off and your immune system with drastically improve.

Many people have shunned most vegetables because they are so used to eating processed foods.  Its time to start incorporating more vegetables in your diet and it is not that hard.  You can have a green smoothie in the morning and you are already on your way to improving your health.

A favorite smoothie includes a cup or two of kale, a half of an avocado, two tablespoons of pea protein powder, half a cup of frozen blueberries, a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of raw sunflower seeds, and a cup of cold water or ice.  Delicious!

The super powerful vegetables are the cruciferous ones and they include kale, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, collard greens, bok choy, and several others.  These vegetables have the highest concentrations of antioxidants and in research studies they have shown to have anti-cancer properties.

Many people still are not fond of cruciferous vegetables, but the health benefits are too valuable to avoid them.  If you can slowly start adding them to your meals, the results will be well worth it.  You can also put them in a smoothie and you won’t even notice the taste of them.

You health is too important to waste on an unhealthy diet that is lacking in green vegetables.  Its time to go green.