Thoughts on weightlifting

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Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Digity » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:26 am

What are your thoughts on weightlifting? Do you think it's bad since it can promote vanity and increase one's ego? It also involves consuming lots of food to add mass. In the past, I took up weightlifting in an attempt to improve my physique and confidence. Although, after six months of doing it I got tired of it. I wasn't overly impressed with my early results and hated focusing so much on my outer appearance.

I signed up for a gym today and plan to do cardio and weightlifting just so I can maintain my general health. Although, I wonder if after a while I'll want to start lifting seriously again and whether that's a good thing.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:15 am

Attachment to the body is a recipe for suffering, but if you add moderate weightlifting to a well-rounded regime of exercise then you can improve your fitness and overall health, which is never a bad thing. But lifting solely for confidence or an ego boost is not wholesome.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Digity » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:22 am

I guess the question is where do you draw the line? If I took up a program like P90X is that wrong? The end result might be an overall more fit, better looking person. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that there's something enticing to that, but there's also the fact that I'm an early 30 year old and want to have a decent body that can handle old age. The way my life is going, I could see myself being on my own in old age and I want to be able to take care of myself. That's why, being fit is important, because I know what having health issues can be like. My mom has osteoperosis and struggles with walking, etc. If I do lifting and get fit maybe I can help avoid some of these health issues.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby santa100 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:49 am

If you want a cheap and yet excellent exercise that bring wonderful benefits to your body, try jogging. Make sure to start out light and you don't have any pre-existing heart condition. Do it 3 times a week, 1 hour per session and you'll have a healthy body that'll last for a long time, chronic diseases can't touch you, and you'll have more time for Dhamma cultivation..

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:05 am

There's no problem with weightlifting.
Its just an exercise and it can be very beneficial.
But if it becomes the focus of obsession - then it becomes a problem.
Or more correctly, the problem lies in the propensity of one to focus one's obsession in a particular interest or activity.

Go to the gym and do your cardio and resistence training.
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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby marc108 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:53 am

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Yana » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:01 am

Hi Digity,

I exercise and weight lift because i need my body to practice the dhamma

A wholesome mind is sustained by a wholesome body.

I realize how important it is to take care of one's body because it is like a vessel. You have to keep it running smoothly to reach your final destination.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:30 am

I never could understand why people pay good money to join a gym unless they are seriously into body building. If exercise is just for the purpose of keeping fit, it costs next to nothing to jog or cycle, or better still, join an allotment to grow your own organic vegetables. There is a dual benefit of healthy exercise in the fresh air, and healthy food.
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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:58 am


You can get good exercise stair climbing! ... rcise.html

Or fanging it up the escalators at your local train station each morning. :thumbsup:

As for weightlifting, I think the underlying psychological motive behind the activity (as with any activity for that matter) is key.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Bonsai Doug » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:05 pm

Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby befriend » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:24 pm

is weight lifting good for your health? it makes you burn off fat faster.
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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Digity » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:06 pm

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Pacific » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:22 pm

I do weight lifting. I do it in the gym and I go to one of those pump classes once or twice a week that has a "feel the burn" instructor and Eurovison type music. I find it fun. Weight training is good for you. You won't "bulk up" unless want to & I think that's quite hard to do. You mostly increase your strength. it can help with weight loss especially if you do cardio first and then weights as apparently the body burns more fat that way and speeds up the metabolism. and why not use it as another condition for developing insight? You can observe the body movement and the feelings, watch craving or aversion arise. it's all good for practice.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:35 am

Lean muscle is a fat-burning machine, and the more you have the more you burn. Large muscle groups are the easiest and fastest to develop. Plus, it is cool to be sixty-something and look alike this guy:

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby danieLion » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:09 am

It gives me relief from my chronic pain, depression, anxiety and grumpiness.

It's quite scientific.

M.D., Columbia Professor & Co-author of Younger Next Year:

"We used to age, now we just rot and decay."

There's also this on the benefits of exercise.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby Richard » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:21 pm


I do some weightlifting as part of my daily routine, often after sitting meditation. I just use light hand weights and emphasize slow, circular motions. This does have health benefits, but for me it is a good way to develop body mindfulness--real kāyagatasati.


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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby alan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:38 am

Weightlifting is good for your body. This fact is so obvious it should not have to be mentioned, and yet, once again I hear the same old stuff. Reminds me of the guy I saw yesterday--an older gentleman, who observed my morning Yoga. I got the universal reply:
"I'm too stiff to do that".
Well, yeah, of course you are. That's because you don't do Yoga. See? It's not complicated. If you are stiff, you should stretch. If you are thin, you should build muscle.
How do you build muscle? By lifting weights. We're all aging, and our muscles are too. Good advice to all: be nice to your body. The effort will reward you several times over.

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

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Re: Thoughts on weightlifting

Postby corrine » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:37 pm

There is another side to this issue. Several decades ago my late husband had cancer and the treatment was physically daunting. He lost 55 pounds in six weeks and was very weak. He needed me to physically help him. Well, he was six four and two twenty (at the start of treatment) and I was five four and about a hundred pounds lighter. I found it almost impossible to help him and physically hurt myself trying to do so. I learned a big lesson. I needed to be physically stronger. So I started lifting weights. I still do so and it has allowed me to develop enough upper body strength to take care of myself and others and do what I need to do.

Physical strength training need not be about building big bulky muscles but can be simply about taking the best care of our bodies, as we are able. I believe that our bodies should be taken care of to the best of our ability. My weight lifting allows me to be independent now that I am alone. I am strong enough to do what needs to be done and still live independently. It enables me to volunteer and really help out. I frequently carry heavy book-laden boxes and I am not injured.

So this can be a vanity issue or it can be a 'taking good care of my health' issue, especially for women. And it helps to avoid what can become debilitating injuries. I see that among my friends. They never lift and then when they have to, they seriously injure themselves. I think physical exercise of all kinds is just part of our responsibility to take care of ourselves. I highly recommend all forms of exercise. Lifting weights even helps with easing arthritis. The stronger we are, the less we stress our joints.

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