Digity wrote: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.
If you want to so something for your overall health that's something the Buddha advocated.
awimming is probably the most highly recommended sport, as it will train the whole body and all muscles, plus the endurance, and so it's exellent cardiac training, whilst sparing the joints a lot more than jogging.
Bicycling is also more recommendable than jogging, for said reasons, as being less stress on the joints and also excellent cardiac training.
Swimming, however, will also train the upper body, which is probably why you took up weightlifting to begin with.
Now that you've signed up in a gym, you should not only focus in broad shoulders and bioceps but work out the whole body, back muscles, six pack and legs as well.
I am sure they can develop a program for you.
If you don't mind an honest word, -I can't think of anything more dull than working out with machines and weights.
I'd always prefer swimming or ball games, it's so satisfying to play with others in a team, and so much fun to play "dolphin"...!