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Why Your Workout Really Needs Some Weights

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you work out, you’re already ahead of the game. Exercise is an extremely important part of a healthy life, but for many, it's a hard task to accomplish on a regular basis. We lead busy lives, we lose motivation, we find other things to do. But because exercise is sometimes difficult to squeeze into the day, getting the most from each session is so important. And how can we do this? Maybe it's time to add weights! If you're not currently using weights in your routine, take a look at these great reasons to add them to the mix today.

The Power of Weights

Weights are such a powerful tool for transforming your health and your body. Just a few of the ways in which weights can improve your workout include:

  • Resistance - Even a small weight can add enough resistance to a particular move to require extra work from the muscle group. More resistance equals more work equals a harder workout.

  • Calorie burning - Because weights require the muscles to work harder, adding them to the routine forces your body to burn more calories. Trying to lose weight? Lifting weights is where it's at.

  • Sculpting - Lifting weights helps build muscle. And since you're already burning more calories, you’ll soon be sporting more definition.

Weight Alternatives

Even if you want to use weights in your routine, you have to have them available. If you’re not working out in a gym, equipment can add up! But don't let that stop you. To get the same effect even when weights are unavailable, check out these easy substitutes:

  • Canned goods - Usually weighing in at between one and three pounds, canned goods make an excellent handheld weight.

  • Milk or water jugs - Though slightly awkward in shape, a full water jug can serve as a good at-home weight. Just be careful not to drop them, or you’ll have quite the mess on your hands.

  • Resistance bands - Resistance bands are really cheap, and they serve the same purpose as weights. Pick up a set, and slightly modify your routine to make them work.

If you want to get more from your workout, adding weights is a great way to do it. Ask a fitness professional or watch some videos online to get some ideas. It won't take long to feel and see the positive results, which will make sticking with it easier than ever before.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Gate, Calif.

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