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Heavy lifting is good for your health!

Hi friends! Heavy lifting is good for your health!!! Why, you ask? Some of the most important benefits include:

INCREASED METABOLIC RATE: Heavy lifting increases your metabolic rate, or metabolism, because you’re waking up more muscle fibers and muscle is very active tissue. It requires a ton of energy just to exist! When you increase your metabolic rate, you increase the number of calories you’re using at rest, or your resting metabolic rate - the calories we burn just to live - which declines once we reach our sixties. So this also helps counter some of the negative metabolic effects that come with age.

IMPROVED POSTURE AND STABILITY: Joint strength and stability become an issue with age but when you lift heavy weights, you are stimulating your tendons to increase their tension, which will give you better overall stability in your joints and increase the ability of your muscles to support those joints when you’re doing hard work. You put all those muscles to work when you lift heavy weights and are rewarded with better posture and healthier, stronger muscles from head to toe.

STRONGER BONES: Heavy resistance training is very good for remodeling your bones and improving bone mineral density. Research shows that resistance training is especially beneficial for strengthening cortical bone, which is the dense outer surface of bone that makes up nearly 80 percent of your skeleton.

BETTER BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL: Heavy lifting improves your cardiovascular health. Resistance training increases your vascular compliance (your blood vessels dilating and constricting more readily), giving you better blood pressure control, better blood flow to and from your muscles, and better blood flow to and from your skin.

FEWER SICK DAYS: Heavy lifting improves your immunity. Strength training creates a cascade of small proteins that control the growth and activity of immune cells. Over the long term this effect reduces inflammation and bolsters your immune system.

Make your workouts count, friends!!! Lift the heavy weights!!!

Jode xo

Next Level - Stacy Sims, PhD

SoulShine Schedule for the next 2 weeks - if you’d like a recording on the days that I won’t be having class, please ask prior to 8/3. Thanks!

Monday 8/1: HIIT at The Rec and on Zoom - 8:15-9:15 am

Tuesday 8/2: HIIT Yoga Fusion at The Rec and on Zoom - 8:15-9:15 am

Thursday 8/4: No PiYo

Friday 8/5: No HIIT

Monday 8/8: No HIIT

Tuesday 8/9: No HYF

Thursday 8/11: New PiYo at The Athletic Club and on Zoom - 12-1 pm

Friday 8/12: HIIT at The Rec and on Zoom - 8:15-9:15 am


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