How lifting helps in real life.
I started my weight training over three months ago and while I was looking and feeling better it took one day to see even more results. I have started building a deck off the back of my house and needed several post holes dug. As it turned out two of my friends were building fences and also needed some posts holes dug. So we all decided that it would in our best interests to pool our money and rent a two man auger.
We start at one of my friends house who had this horrible clay ground and many tree roots. It took about an hour and a half just to dig the four holes he needed. If you have never used an auger it can be back breaking work. You are constantly fighting the rotation of the bit and have to bend over as the bit gets deeper and deeper. The clay would also get struck on the bit making it very heavy to lift out of the ground.
After the first hole I knew that I needed to do something
different. I started holding my back just as I would on a deadlift as essentially that is what we were going. We finished those four holes and moved to my house and dug another six holes. Finally on to our last friends place where we did fifteen.
Now both of my friends are in really good shape. They are at an appropriate weight and exercise regularly, but neither of them does anything like powerlifting. So when we are done both are complaining about how much their backs hurts. That night at work they talked about how sore they were. All I could think was that my back did not hurt at all and I was not even slightly sore. I could not believe it. I thought maybe I did not do as much work as they did. So I went back and counted how many holes I used the auger on and realized that I had dug just and many if not more then either of them.
It then dawned on me how much learning to properly lift weights could help in your daily life. Here I was still the most overweight person of the group and I am the only one who is not sore or hurting. This provided me with even more motivation to keep lifting and keep learning proper technique. No matter your fitness goals add in some resistance training. Learn how to properly lift and it will pay off in your daily life.