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I am 21 years old, weight 175, and am 5'10''. all of last school year I lifted weights till I strained a muscle in my neck from benching and haven't been lifting weights much at all. I have been running 3-4 miles a day, 4-6 days a week and am not as cut in the upper body as I would like to be. I was thinking about starting a new workout program where I only do push-ups, dips, pull ups, sit-ups, jump rope, and run 4-5 days a week. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this for me?
I'm sorry to hear about the neck injury, it's more common than you might think! My first suggestion to you would be to work on your posture. Many people today suffer from a forward head position, meaning the shoulders are slightly rounded and the head protrudes forward, out of line from the rest of the spinal column. When you drive, and especially when you lift weights, align your body so that your head rests back against the head rest. If you have a hard time with this position, start out by practicing against a wall. If you don't correct the problem now, you could end up with serious health issues later such as TMD, migraine headaches, herniated cervical discs, and Dowringer's Hump (fatty deposit), not to mention a host of others. Now, onto your question, any type of resistance training is beneficial, whether it be body weight resistance or lifting an external load. I wouldn't, however, shy away from strength training because of your past injury. By lifting weights, you make your body more efficient at every day tasks. Also, as you age, you lose muscle mass. By starting with more lean muscle mass, you have an advantage in the long run! Check with your physician before beginning any exercise program and begin with a weight that is not going to compromise your form and posture. Keep up the good work, you seem to be taking great care of your health!