Strength training has so many positive effects on the body. There is such a stigma attached to lifting weights and exercising in gyms. It’s not just for body builders. With the health and wellness industry growing so rapidly. Now is the time to get involved, it doesn’t have to be boring and helps treat conditions and makes you feel amazing.
Strength Training: The Benefits
1. Keeping the weight off.
Besides making you look good and lowering body fat percentages. It helps you maintain your weight because you are building muscle. The more muscle you have the more energy expenditure there is. Now girls this doesn’t mean you’ll look like a she man. Unlike men we don’t have enough testosterone to build large amounts of muscle, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try! The new toned look is definitely in and staying.
After puberty, whether you are a man or a woman, you begin to lose about 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year. One of the best ways to stop this dooming fate, and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workouts.
3. Stronger, Fitter, Faster.
Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves strengthening and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. There are two types of resistance training:
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.
So what are you waiting for?
4. The technical stuff
Strength training has benefits that well exceed just looking great. You will improve how your body functions together. Think of all of your muscles as a big connected chain that all play a role in movements we do every day. If you don’t exercise certain muscle groups or a muscle switches of sue to injury, your whole body sufferers. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More importantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40 percent, this could be more important as you grow older.
5. Strength training plays a role in disease prevention.
Studies have documented the many wellness benefits of strength training. What can it really help:
Type 2 diabetes
6. The Good Stuff
Strength training will elevate your endorphins which is a hormone that gives the sense of happiness. Who wouldn’t want that? Strength training has also been shown to be a great antidepressant, to help you sleep better, and to improve your overall quality of life.
7. Burning calories
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, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent.
Strength Training: Getting Started
Does it have to be in a gym? No! Don’t limit yourself to exercising a resistance is anything that makes the muscle contract under tension/pressure. You can use your body weight, resistance bands, objects or a little space on the floor. Get creative! Remember to always warm up and cool down. If you have any health issues seek medical advice before starting out on a new exercise regime.