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Some Lifting May Support Good Health

By Tom Herrin

Most of the time, when we think about lifting anything, we think about all of the potential injuries and other risks.  It is true that we should exercise caution when lifting as it is one of the things that can result in lots of serious injuries.  When it is done in a managed fashion, however, lifting can have a positive effect on our health.  It has been found that it can help to improve and protect the health of many as they age.  Since I happen to be rapidly falling into that category, I obviously have a greater interest in the findings related to it.

Working with Weights May Help Strengthen Bones

It is pretty common knowledge that our bones become less durable as we age.  This may be due to a variety of reasons, but all is not lost.  Besides making certain that we take in the right minerals, such as calcium, it is known that weight-bearing exercises can help to strengthen bones.  It can also help those who are already experiencing some kind of arthritis.  In my case, I have arthritis in my shoulder and have much greater mobility and less pain when I work with weights regularly.

Weights May Help with Mental Health

In today's world, mental health has gotten a lot more attention.  The way we feel about ourselves and the way we see the world are both important factors.  It is common for us to have issues with mental health as we grow older.  Some of this may be due to losing our independence, and some may be that we simply become depressed as we are less involved with others.  Working with weights has proven to be something that can help our outlook and our ability to do for ourselves.  Working with weights can help us to have greater self-confidence.

Working with Weights May Help You Sleep Better

A lot of us have trouble with sleep.  This often gets worse as we get older.  I am one of those, and there are times when I struggle with it.  Lifting weights can go a long way toward improving sleep.  It is even believed to help some individuals who have sleep apnea when combined with a routine of light walking.  It is supposed to prevent interruptions in the normal sleep cycle. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in American Fork, Utah.

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