When you bring into your mind a picture of a weight training sessions, what do you see? You are most likely to see people working out with weights to build muscles. And that is likely to prompt you to conclude that weight training is all about building muscles and hence strength.
Your conclusion is not, however, wrong. It is correct, but only partially. Bear in mind that weight training is not only about building muscles but also about transforming yourself into a complete individual.
A slew of benefits of weight training justifies why you should undergo the training. But, there is an important aspect you should not ignore so that you can reap the entire benefits.
You should perform the workout in the right ways, refraining from some don’ts. So, let us see what the don’ts are:
Before you start lifting weights, make sure you warm up with about 10 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic activity. Bear in mind that when your muscles are cold, they are more prone to injury.
Lift and move weights in a controlled manner and do not rush to do things. Working slow helps you to isolate the muscles you want to work. It will help if you rest for about one minute between each exercise.
Avoid overdoing. When you complete one set of exercises to the point of fatigue, it is usually enough. If you overdo additional sets, it might contribute to injury. Your fitness goals will dictate the number of sets.
Make sure you do not ignore pain. If an exercise causes pain, then the best thing to do is to stop. Do the exercise after a few days.
It will help if you do not forget to put on your shoes. Shoes protect your feet and provide good traction to prevent you from slipping or injuring your feet while lifting weights.
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