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3 Months to a New You v3

3 Months to a New You v3

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No matter what your preconceived notions might be, your body needs some
form of resistance training to be in good shape. Our bodies were designed for
activities that use our muscles. Man, woman, young, middle-aged, over 60,
fat, skinny, whatever. You absolutely must have a resistance program in
place. For most people, it is even more important than cardio, despite the
fact that modern society emphasizes cardio and often useless “aerobics”.

Centuries ago, our muscles were what helped us to survive. We had to move
on our feet, hunt, farm, lift heavy objects… but no matter how much the
world around us has changed, the design of our bodies has stayed the same.

Our bodies require us to continue these actions of moving and lifting objects
in order to function correctly. If we fail to use our muscles, they begin to
decrease in size and wither away.

Ever heard the phrase “use it or lose it”? This phrase is very true when
applied to our muscles. If you don’t use them, you will lose them.

That’s why we have to continually give the muscles in our bodies the
attention they deserve. Not only do we look much better with the right
amount of muscle on our bodies, but we also strengthen our joints and
reduce the pains that come with a weak body.

How much muscle you want to have is entirely up to you to decide. Most
people don’t want to become massively muscular, and for understandable
reasons. Regardless of what your goal is, having a firm body always looks
better than the skin-and-bones look.

Losing fat isn’t enough to shape your body to look the way you’ve always
wanted. You might go from overweight to thin, but don’t confuse losing fat
with having a better body. It’s true only up to a point.

Plus, most “weight loss” programs achieve higher rates of pounds lost
because people on those programs lose muscle as well as fat. Do you really
want to lose muscle?

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Having healthy muscles on your body is not only good for your health, but it
helps you to look and feel spectacular. If you’re a man, you can call it ripped.
If you’re a woman, you can call it toned. No matter what you call it, you won’t
get there unless you put the time into building some strength.

This is just as important for women as it is for men. Women need to take care
of their muscles and shape their bodies every bit as much as men do. Taking
a well-rounded approach to physical health is not a guy thing. It’s something
that every person needs.

Some women seem to be afraid that lifting weights will make them big like a
man. This is not the case. Women will not become big like man simply
because they lack the testosterone that is necessary to make it happen.

The fear should not be of gaining some muscle. Women generally are
suffering from all the pains of a lack of muscle on their bodies. These pains
range from back pain to lack of energy to difficulty doing everyday chores,
such as bending over or lifting moderately heavy items.

You can read more about why women won’t get big while weight lifting by
clicking here.

Our discussion of weight lifting will take up more space than our discussion
of cardio. This is simply because lifting weights requires more depth of
understanding.

While cardio might be as simple (but not easy) as putting one foot in front of
the other, or keeping the pedals on the bike moving, weight lifting might not
come as quickly at first. You may have known how to run or ride a bike for
most of your life, but not necessarily know how to do the bench press
correctly.

Learning proper form will be very important as you learn how to weight
train. You will have to make sure that you are lifting the weights correctly
and under complete control. Failure to keep control and form when you lift
can lead to injuries.

Some lifts will require you to have a spotter. If you don’t have a spotter

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where you exercise, you’ll be best off using alternate exercises that don’t
require a spotter until you gain experience and understand your limits. For
example, instead of doing the regular bench press, do the dumbbell bench
press. Do your squats inside the safety racks, etc.

With that having been said, I’d like to point out the fact that weight lifting is
generally a very safe sport. Even though it is a form of very high-intensity
exercise, you body mostly stays in one place.

You won’t be tackled like you would be in American football, kicked like you
might in soccer, or twist your ankle on a bad landing like you might in
basketball. And your chances of getting punched in the face are far less than
they would be if you were playing hockey.

You should be in complete control of what happens and how the weight
moves. Because of this fact, weight training is one of the safest forms of
exercise that you can consider… as long as you understand how to exercise
properly and stay within your limits.

Pushing your limits is good, but there is a big difference between pushing
your limits and stepping outside of your limits. Know the difference.

You should be in
complete control of
what happens and
how the weight
moves.

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