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It's an interesting mix of thoughts from lifting hobbyists and pros. Readers know that I am convinced that moving weight is an essential component to fitness even if, or especially if, your goal is not to be a body-builder or a gym rat.
In a way, the lifting part of my fitness program has changed my relationship with my body. I know that sounds stupid, but I don't know how to express that I am aware of, and feel, my physicality more than I used to - even when just sitting in a chair. That feels like a good thing.
Perhaps a reader can explain that better than I can.
I won't pretend to know anything of what you're experiencing re your weight lifting/exercise regime; the closest I came to really exerting myself physically (except for childbearing) was 30 years ago when I was a jogger. Yes, yes, I hiked mountains and all that, but that was minor compared to running regularly.
Now I'm ancient and realize that even day-to-day routine movements, getting up from a chair, for example, lack their youthful spring. If I don't extend myself beyond the routine, the routine itself becomes debilitated.
So keep at it — keep going beyond what your body "needs," but not so much that the "going beyond" becomes an obsession.
I wish I had half your motivation.
Right out of high school I got an apprenticeship as a welder in a machine shop. This was a very physical job, lots of heavy lifting, maneuvering heavy equipment, etc.I was struggling everyday at work. I started weight lifting at that time to help me on the job. Weight lifting has given me a lot of confidence in my physical capabilities. Up until I lifted regularly my friends often beat me in the various sports we played. After gaining some strength and confidence the tables were turned. I was quicker on the tennis court and ice rink and they couldn't beat me when wrestling around any more. That was in the 70s and I am still lifting to this day, not as often or intensely.
Well, I think being stronger is part of being fit, even as you say you are not a body builder. I mean, lets say you can run 6 miles in 40 minutes ... great. But if you can't bench 100 lbs.? Or squat 150 lbs.? It's not my goal, but rather a balance of cardiovascular fitness and strength and hopefully skill and grace at various sports. Strength also helps in sports.
And I read somewhere and just feel it's true that lifting free weights is the best use of time in the gym, payoff per minute.
The Objective Historian