Weight Lifting Basics

Adjustable Dumbbells, Bowflex setA healthy lifestyle requires strength in all parts of your body. The best way to obtain stronger muscles in every part of your body is to lift weights.

You can lift weights in many different forms. The average gym will have many many different weight machines to train every muscle in your body. However those planning to lift at home cant afford a home gym. The solution is weights, kettle bells, medicine balls, etc.

Lifting at the gym has straight forward exercises, different on each machine.  If you are lifting at home you will want to learn some of the basic exercises in each muscle group. Adjustable dumbbells (as shown above) can assist in helping you train all your muscles properly. This is because you can adjust the weight heavier and lighter depending on which muscle group you are training.

Remember to always rotate which muscles you work each day in order to recover. Over working one muscle group just to get big does not help. In fact, it can have a negative reverse effect.

Building up strong muscles is a great way to boost metabolism and burn calories throughout the day. This is what makes lifting weights so helpful when attaining a healthy lifestyle.

Remember, as I have said before, a healthy lifestyle will not just happen over night. Small steps are the key to achieving the larger goal. Do not set out to start lifting weights 2 times a day every day because that is unrealistic. Start with a smaller goal of 3 times per week and build upon that. This is where adjustable dumbbells are key, if you get stronger you can make them heavier to give you a better workout. If you decide to get adjustable dumbbells you should try them out first at a gym or a store to make sure you like them. Also consider reading reviews on the best adjustable dumbbells to make sure you are getting what you want.

Once you start making more and more changes you will see yourself becoming healthier and healthier. The rewards really are countless.

This is a video of some basic dumbbell exercises.

Strength Training – How much is too much?

Just a quick post today, I recently read that too much weight lifting doesn’t give your body enough time to recover. This can be counter productive to your healthy lifestyle goals. Be sure that you are alternating your training days and muscle groups. I hope to do a longer post on weight lifting later but for now this is all!

Thanks for reading. Check out the video for more.

Balance Training

220px-Model_BalancingBalance training is a great way to build muscle strength. You will also be able  to use balance training in your everyday life. Think about it, everything you do involves your balancing ability. Biking, running, walking all need balance.

You can use a balance ball or other fitness trainer. Do simple exercises such as squats in a balance trainer. Alternate using one leg and two legs. Switch which leg you use when only using one leg. These are all really basic but can still be challenging if you haven’t done them in a while.

Eventually you will be able to do all these exercises and much more difficult ones with ease. The key is to work on your balance a few times a week and remain consistent. The key is to build these motions into your muscle memory so you can perform them without hesitation.

These exercises can also make an excellent warm up activity before a more intense workout along with good stretching. Working on your balance as well as other fitness goals like strength building or cardio is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It should be everyone’s goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Living healthy will make you feel better about yourself and have a better outlook on life. It all starts with one small step at a time, living healthy is not an overnight process. Start small with something like training balance and you will be surprised to learn how far you can go.

If you have any questions on balance training feel free to ask me in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from everyone.

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