Weight training is one of the most popular forms of exercise out there.
But there are a lot of misconceptions about this type of activity. Since many people want to try it, especially seniors, it helps to get the facts before you hit the gym.
(Note: Make sure you go over any weight training or exercise plan with your doctor or trainer first.)
The Weighty Misconceptions About Lifting
Maybe you’ve held off on lifting weights, or you even stopped because of one of these common myths. Hopefully by setting the record straight, we’ll show this is a viable form of exercise for anyone.
Myth #1: Lifting Has an Age Limit
When we think of weightlifting, we often picture it as a young person’s pastime. This is because some people stereotype seniors as having less strength or weaker joints, which simply isn’t true.
Strength, body type, and genetic factors are different for people of all ages and walks of life. It’s never too late to put some plates on the bar and get lifting. Anyone can lift weights and benefit from the exercise, so long as it’s done safely, which brings us to the next point.
Myth #2: Lift Heavy or Not at All
Go big or go home — that’s the mantra of many people in the weight room. The idea is that if you’re not lifting heavy weights, you’re really not doing your body any good.
However, there’s no magic total that will spur muscle growth. In order to get stronger and engage hypertrophy, you simply need to do a few sets with the amount of weight you can lift using proper and safe form. And it’s not even all about adding muscle.
Myth #3: You Can’t Lose Weight by Lifting
Some people bypass the weights for the treadmill because they want to lose weight, not gain it. But you can burn calories by lifting just as you can by walking or running.
By lowering the amount of weight you’re using and increasing repetition volume, you can burn calories, break a sweat, and shed pounds. Some even say this is a better option, because it allows you to lift lighter, maintain safer form, and enjoy the process more as a new lifter.