Watch a documentary about people who lift weights and you’ll likely be watching some of the world’s elite body builders hone their physique to abnormal largeness. Take a peek into your local gym and you’ll see something quite different. Sure, there may be a handful of body builders there, but they’re lifting right next to an accountant, a store clerk, and a retiree. That’s because all these people realize one thing: lifting weights is for everyone.

But is weight lifting really for you? Here are nine reasons the answer is yes.

#1: You Get Happy

Yes, exercise of any kind gets the happy chemicals running through your body, but lifting weights seems to have an advantage on your happy level. Why? Lots of reasons that are listed below.

#2: You’re More Useful

You were born with a great affinity to do something. You may be gifted to argue cases in court, cook an amazing meal, or keep cool while caring for a dozen 5-year-olds. Lifting weights helps you do each of them better. On top of that, it gives you the capacity to lend a helping hand when someone is struggling to lift a heavy box or open a stuck door. 

Suddenly, you’re not stuck waiting for help when a demanding task is put in front of you. Instead, you bend at the knees and get to work.

#3: You Get Focused

If you’ve ever struggled with trying to figure out what to do at the gym, I’m here to help. That includes lifting weights. As your strength and the amount of weight you lift increase, intense focus is required to avoid injury. This focus in the gym—if you let it—will carry over into your non-gym activities. 

#4: Your Body

Lifting weights does so much for your physique. Push yourself hard enough and your body will amaze you constantly. But your physique isn’t the only beneficiary of weight lifting. Lifting helps your body fend off illnesses and injury by helping you shed unwanted pounds, lowering your blood pressure, improving your heart function, and more.

#5: You Do the Impossible

When you start lifting weights, you can’t imagine lifting any more than you do in your first session. Three weeks later, you’ve already passed the impossible mark. By doing this over and over, you pick up a mental toughness and confidence that will aid you in all areas of life. 

#6: You Eat Better

Have you been struggling to keep your daily calorie count down? Nothing helps you stay in line better than working out. Your regular weight-lifting routine makes you more aware of what you put in your body, making it easier to say “No” to those temptations that are always around the corner.

#7: Your Bones Get Stronger

While the first thing you may notice after lifting weights is stronger muscles, your bones are also secretly gaining strength at the same time. Since the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones only increases as you age, guarding against them with weight lifting only makes sense!

#8: Your Balance Improves

Staying on your feet may not be an issue today, but as you age, it will become one of your top priorities. This is especially true considering how often elderly people lose their balance and wind up with life-altering broken bones. Lifting weights at any age will give you a balance boost that will last throughout your life. 

#9: Your Brain Function Increases

Believe it or not, people who lift weights aren’t the meatheads they’re made out to be. Quite the opposite. Research has proven that lifting weights actually has the power to improve your brain’s ability to do its job. 

Reach your fitness potential faster by coupling your good diet with a challenging exercise program. I’m here to motivate, instruct and encourage you to reach your goal.

Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will truly improve your quality of life.

Aim to Add

It’s easy to only focus on the foods that you’re not supposed to eat when trying to lose fat, but by changing your focus to all the foods that you are able to freely eat you’ll stay motivated and stick with it. 

Pack as many non-starchy vegetables as you’d like into your daily diet as well as fresh, seasonal fruits. Experiment with different methods of preparation for exciting variety.

Egg-less breakfast: chicken sausage and sauteed veggies

A breakfast high in protein is a great way to start the day. Protein keeps you satiated, meaning you are less likely to cave in and eat the office donuts on your morning coffee break!

Eggs are a breakfast staple for many of us. High in protein, easy to prepare and oh-so versatile, they are my go-to breakfast of choice.

But what about those of you who are sensitive to eggs or just plain don’t like them? What can you do for a high protein breakfast? I’m glad you asked 🙂

Chicken or turkey sausage is lower in fat than traditional breakfast sausage and is packed with protein! I like Spolumbo’s (from Calgary, but can be found in some grocery stores in Western Canada). Cook one of those up with a bevy of healthy veggies and you have a tasty, high-protein meal that you might even want to eat for lunch or supper! You’re welcome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil or non-stick spray
  • 1 large chicken or turkey sausage
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach (or frozen if more convenient)
  • 1 cup bell peppers and onions, chopped (may use frozen here to save time chopping)

Directions:

1. Heat frying pan over medium-high heat, adding olive oil or non-stick spray. Add veggies and sauté with a spatula until browned. (If using fresh spinach, add it in just for the last few minutes – it wilts fairly quickly.)

2. Heat a separate frying pan over medium heat and add sausage, cutting into thin slices. Cook until browned on each side.

3. Toss together and enjoy!

Using Spolumbo’s Chicken apple sausage:
Total Calories:300 cals
Protein: 25g
Carbs: 17g
Fat: 17g

*Note: Feel free to “spice up” the veggies a bit with a dash of garlic powder, sea salt, thyme and oregano if you like.