While I absolutely love body weight exercises for their convenience and variety, there is no doubt that lifting some weights on a regular occasion can still provide tremendous benefits. Some people lift heavy weights for a purpose - body building, strength training, muscle definition, and more. Before I got my desk job(s), I was incorporating weight training on a much more regular basis and I noticed significant changes.
These changes are what I'd like to gain back as well as the following reasons:
I've never had much upper body strength and when I initially started lifting weights, I had to start off with lighter dumbbells around 8 to 10 pounds. As I became stronger, I worked my way up to 15 pounds. When you stay consistent, you will be amazed at how you progress. There is also something empowering about being able to lift a heavier weight. I know 15 pounds may not sound like much but it was an accomplishment for me. I'd definitely like to develop my strength again.
One of my goals is to have nicely defined arms and legs. Right now, I feel and look flabby. I want to tighten up my body as I lose weight and lifting heavy will probably help me achieve that much faster than body weight exercises alone.
Burn More Calories
It has been said that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn throughout the day. I would like to have that advantage, especially because I sit all day. As of now, I have reduced my food consumption during the day, however, I know how important it is to increase protein consumption when you lift weights on a regular basis. That being said, being able to burn more calories naturally would be a huge plus.
I also felt a lot better when I lifted more often. Having a desk job just makes me feel so sluggish and lazy. I'm sure many people can relate. I crave movement when I'm not working which is why I do walk often and now I'm looking forward to gaining more strength and hopefully more definition.
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