Many people get discouraged from taking up weight training and muscle building because of bad stories y hear (e.g., bad health effects). Well, it can’t be denied that weight training does come with some risks, like hurting your back if you’re not doing it properly, or having free weights falling on you if you lose your grip while doing bench presses, or getting a heart attach if you lift weights with a problematic heart. As for or health risks, you’re probably doing more damage to your body by not doing any exercise at all. So, just to clear away some of misconceptions about health risks that weight training supposedly presents, we will be exposing here truth about 3 most common health-related myths about weight training.
Myth #1 – Weight training affects your height.
Many people claim and believe that weight lifting stunts growth if you start doing while you’re still growing. If you lift weights proper way, it should not hinder growth and development. As long as resistance is not so high that it would cause bones to become more dense and thus close epiphysis ( growth area of a long bone) n re should not be any detrimental effects.
According to National Strength and Conditioning Association (which is one of world’s premiere exercise authorities), weight training does not have any effect on growth and is generally safe for children and young teenagers.
Myth #2 – Weight training causes impotence/erectile dysfunction.
Research has shown that non-aerobic exercise (such as weight-lifting, sprint-training, and ball sports) could increase testosterone levels. And, if you don’t know it yet, having a low testosterone level is one of main factors that contribute to impotence/erectile dysfunction. Additionally, regular exercise also improves blood circulation which is highly beneficial to sexual functions. So, from se alone, we can say that myth is not true. Not entirely, at least.
What can really cause impotence/erectile dysfunction is use of anabolic steroids. And if you are using steroids to help your muscles grow bigger, impotence is probably going to be one of lesser problems you could encounter. If you are a teenager, steroid use can actually stop your bones from growing. Steroids can also damage your liver and increase your risk of having liver cancer, it can damage your kidneys, and it can also raise cholesterol levels in your body thus increasing your chance of getting a heart attack or stroke. And that’s just naming a few of side effects of steroids.
Myth #3 – Weight lifting causes high blood pressure.
Although weight lifting can cause a temporary increase in blood pressure (which is really part of body’s natural reaction to strenuous activities), it actually offers some long-term benefits to blood pressure that outweigh risk of a temporary spike for most people.
Regular exercise, including moderate weightlifting, provides many health benefits, among which is helping to lower blood pressure in long term.
However, it is strongly advised that you go see a doctor and have a full body checkup before you take up weight training. This is to ensure that your body (especially your heart) will be able to handle stress that you’re going to subject it to.