Strength training and why it matters….
Many people believe that lifting weights will make them bulky….this is a common perception of women in particular. Unless you are eating and training like a classic bodybuilder then no, it won’t make you bulky. It will add definition to your muscles and give men and women alike more athletic looking bodies. It is, however much more beneficial than aesthetics alone.
1. Strength training helps keep the weight off for good.
Not only does strength training aid in weight loss, it helps maintain weight loss, too. A recent study showed that women who followed a weight-training routine 3 times a week increased the amount of calories burned in normal daily activity (in addition to those burned during exercise), helping them to maintain their current weight. This is due to the metabolism increasing which helps to burn more calories – even at rest!
2. Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass.
With age (and especially after puberty), you will start to lose approximately 1% of your bone and muscle strength with each proceeding year. One of the ways to stop, prevent and also reverse this loss is to add strength training into your weekly training plan.
3. Strength training makes you stronger and fitter.
Strength training works by contracting your muscles against a resisting force.
Isometric resistance involves contracting your muscles against a non-moving object, such as against the floor in a push-up.
Isotonic strength training involves contracting your muscles through a range of motion as in weight lifting.
4. Strength training helps you develop better body mechanics.
Not only will your muscles be more defined, strength training will help to improve your posture, including balance and coordination. Which helps to reduce the risk of falling as you get older (a too common occurrence of injuries in the elderly.)
5. Strength training plays a role in disease prevention.
Not only can strength training help with decreasing arthritic pain, it can also help post-menopausal women increase their bone density, thus preventing osteoporosis, which is a comm cause of bone fractures. It has also shown to help control glucose levels in people with diabetes.
6. Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood.
Often the hardest thing is starting the training session (even though you know you will feel great afterwards). Strength training elevates endorphins in the body (responsible for that “feel good factor” after training) and has also been shown to be a good anti-depressant and aid with sleep.
7. Strength training translates to more calories burned.
You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training, a process called “physiologic homework.” More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, so strength training can boost your metabolism by 15%!
Who doesn’t want to look better, feel better, and live a longer, healthier life? So what are you waiting for? Get started now with a complete training program that includes strength training.
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