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    Should Everybody Be Doing Strength Training?

    As the title says: do you believe that strength training would be beneficial to all, regardless of age, interests and occupation?

    My own opinion: Yes, indeed. The modern life involves way to little physical activity and strength training can ensure that your body stays flexible, strong and healthy. When done properly, strength training can make you either leaner or broader, can cause weight gain or weight loss, can make scrawny individuals more muscular and heavy people thinner and can even be suitable for females who are not looking to bulk up but merely to tone their bodies and lose some fat.

    Strong muscles really does not come at the expense of anything in life, except you have to lose your bad diet habits and pointless recreational activities in favour of a discipline requiring grit, discipline and determination, which are all highly desirable character traits in all people.

    What is your take on this? Do you agree or disagree? And why/why not?

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    Id rather go for a nice long walk in the countryside to be honest.Im sure its more beneficial than grunting and stretching your muscles about with a load of gym bores.
    Thats just me though....and having said that i think a good diet of mental weight training should be used to keep the brain in shape.

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    I strongly agree. I've done strength training for that past few years and I can feel the mental and physical benefits very well. (I doubt people who have no experience in strength training will understand these benefits completely). I think everybody should do strength training. It should be required for all high school students. (Also proper nutrition, and running exercises should be taught to everyone).

    I often wonder why so few people are at the local gym- or when I'm the only one outside running- when my area has so many people.

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    Yes, strength training is very important and necessary. Strength training can improve circulation, weight loss, and reuduce the risks for arthritis and high blood pressure.

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    people should simply use their bodies, and yes, strenght training is good too

    I think it is enough to simply use your body, that is walk or bike instead of hulling all that metal around i.e. driving, take the stairs instead of the elevator, carry things in your hands instead of pushing/pulling them around, etc. Then only a little training is required and you'll be in really great shape.

    I use my body. I walk or bike 80% of the time to get from place to place, I almost always take the stairs, that is, unless I'm worried about my body odor, or I have more than 12 stories to climb. I even walk and bike for fun, sometimes up to 10 miles and 60 miles respectively. I lift weights only a little, and it's all I need. For me, being in shape means that, when I'm in a good mood, anything I do (walking, running, lifting things, standing up, etc) is almost effortless. A great feeling.

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    I think general fitness is more important than strength because many fat, unhealthy people can be strong just by virtue of their bulk.

    However, I wouldn't force anyone to do anything ... it's their body after all

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    I find that after a good game of Soccer (football), the mind are body are in tip-top shape. Any kind of exercise is good, really. Whether it be strength training or a kind of aerobic exercise, it all benefits you.

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    Yes, I especially should do it. I noticed that I have actually been getting weaker lately due to lack of weightlifting. Seeing as how I spend most of my time writing, I've really have lost a lot of strength and stamina over the years.

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    Unless there's any practical need for it, I see excessive strenght training as nothing but a waste of time and resources.

    Training to get healthy is a completely different matter, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blóš ok Andi View Post
    Unless there's any practical need for it, I see excessive strenght training as nothing but a waste of time and resources.

    Training to get healthy is a completely different matter, though.
    I agree with you. People who lift weights to look huge are ridiculous. Hurting yourself to gain strength is unnecessary.

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