We live in a very exercise conscious society, which is a good thing considering how many overweight people we have do to overeating and inactivity. But even with exercise, too much of a good thing can turn out to be not so good. I am speaking primarily about weight lifting. While the benefits may seem to outweigh any potential harm, one should be made aware of the potential dangers of weight lifting. This article hopes to raise your awareness to some of these dangers.
The most common danger of weight lifting is that people who first start a weight lifting routine, don't work into it slowly. What they have to understand is that until you've actually lifted weights, this is something that your body is not at all accustomed to doing. You'll be using muscles that you've never used in your life. Putting too much strain on these muscles too quickly can lead to serious injury. So moderation at the start is the key to avoiding such injury.
Another danger of weight lifting, especially if you have reached the stage of lifting heavy weights, is doing so without proper supervision. In spite of what most people think, there is always the possibility of dropping a weight on yourself. Without somebody close by to assist you, this can lead to serious injury, or worse. Never lift heavy weights without supervision.
Another danger, that many young people don't want to acknowledge, is that there is an age where weight lifting is not advisable. When you are very young, your body has not yet fully matured. By lifting weights in your early or even late teens, actually inhibits bone growth because of the pressure put on the bones when lifting. Also, you are more likely to suffer a serious injury when you are younger because your body has not fully developed yet. Children younger than 17 years of age should not be lifting weights, certainly not heavy ones.
But probably the biggest danger of weight lifting is that you become a slave to doing so for the rest of your life. What most people don't realize is that all those muscles, if not constantly exercised, eventually turn into fat. So, unless you are prepared to spend the rest of your life as a slave to those barbells, you might want to give a second thought to the idea.
I am in no way suggesting that people don't work out. We are already a country that is overweight and under exercised. But you need to go into weight lifting with both eyes open. It isn't a risk free activity. Aside from the dangers of injury, either from being too young or not having the right supervision, there is that over hanging cloud of lifetime dependency, should you someday end up looking like Charles Atlas.
Nothing is without its price. That certainly applies to weight lifting as well.
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