There is a growing body of research to suggest that there are more health benefits obtained from lifting weights than previously realised. We now know that lifting weights can improve bone health, speed up weight loss, reduce the risk of diabetes, and provide several other incredible benefits.
In this post, our Ealing chiropractor shares more details of these newly discovered health benefits. He will also explain how seeing a chiropractor can help you improve your ability to lift weights safely.
Health Benefits Of Lifting Weights
Burn fat more effectively
Researchers have discovered that lifting weights has an interesting effect on the body’s metabolism. A paper published in 2002 found that the metabolic rate of people who lifted weights remained higher up to 38 hours after a workout. This means that your body is burning more fat more efficiently even when you are sitting down watching television the next day. When combined with cardiovascular exercise, it can dramatically boost your weight loss efforts.
Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common degenerative condition that causes the bones to become thin and weak.
Researchers have discovered that lifting weights can reduce the risk of osteoporosis occurring at all by strengthening the bones. Other studies have shown that weight lifting can build bone mass, creating denser bones that are less likely to fracture. Even people who already have osteoporosis can benefit from lifting weights as it can improve their balance and muscle tone — reducing the risk of a fall.
This is an important benefit of lifting weights for anyone who has sought out chiropractic care to address postural issues. There are several weight lifting exercises that have been shown to improve posture. Performing these exercises several times a week can make a remarkable difference to your posture.
Reduced risk of chronic diseases
Lifting weights can even reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. A 2017 study found that strength training reduced the risk of diabetes in women by 30%. This is similar to a previous finding by the National Institutes of Health which suggested that men who lifted weights for 150 minutes per week had a 34% reduced risk of diabetes.
Researchers from Iowa State University published a paper in 2018 which suggests weight lifting can reduce the risk of heart disease. The paper found that as little as 1 hour of weight lifting per week can reduce a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent.
How Chiropractic Care May Improve Your Weight Lifting Performance
If you are currently lifting weights or are thinking about taking it up, you’ll be happy to learn that chiropractic care may boost your performance in several ways:
A well-aligned spine improves nervous system performance
The body’s muscles function based upon the electrical impulses they receive via the central nervous system. Chiropractors can perform spinal adjustments which improve the performance of the nervous system. This can help your brain coordinate movements as it sends impulses to muscles more efficiently.
Healthier joints which improves performance
Visiting our chiropractor in Ealing to receive chiropractic adjustments will improve the health of your joints by ensuring they are correctly aligned. This will lead to improvements in the performance of your muscles while lifting weights, as your movements are not impaired by misalignments.
Diagnosing minor problems before they become major injuries
All weight bearing exercises place strain on the body. If you have a strained or inflamed joint, the additional impact of weight bearing exercises can cause an injury.
Visiting our chiropractor will help you identify and treat any minor issues before they turn into severe or long-lasting injuries. A chiropractor will be able to tell you if your joints are strong enough to take on weight lifting exercises and provide you with tips on safe weight lifting.
Treatment of injuries
If you do sustain an injury while lifting weights, visiting a chiropractor can help you speed up the healing process. Chiropractic care has been proven to reduce nerve irritation, relieve inflammation and improve blood flow. This makes it easier for the body to deal with common weight lifting injuries like strained ligaments and sore muscles.
We are not suggesting you should rush out and start lifting the heaviest weights possible. We recommend that you seek professional advice to ensure you lift weights safely to avoid injuries.
Prior to starting any new form of exercise, it is important to seek the advice of an appropriate medical professional such as your GP or chiropractor, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
Visiting our Ealing chiropractic clinic – The Spine & Joint Centre
At our The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing, our experienced team of chiropractors see patients every day suffering from a range of complaints including:
- Back pain (‘disc problems’/ ‘sciatica’ / ‘trapped nerve’)
- Back pain and leg pain/pins and needles/numbness
- Neck Pain
- Neck and arm pain/numbness/pins and needles
- Headaches and Migraine prevention
- Arm, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist Pain
- Leg, Hip, Knee Foot Pain
- Joint & Muscle problems
If you are in pain, our chiropractors are here to help you. Call our clinic on 020 8900 9004 to book an appointment with one of our team.