What is Strength Training?
Strength training exercises are performed with pushing and pulling movements that work against the weight of an object, or against body weight.
Once thought of as the stuff of bodybuilders, weight-lifting has been gaining popularity fast amongst women and older adults – and for good reason! Every year, research is showing us more and more benefits of strength training. These benefits include:
Builds Stronger Bones To Better Support Your Body
Did you know? Strength training doesn’t just build muscle mass… it also builds and strengthens your bones.
During weight training, muscles push and pull on the bones that they’re attached to, which activates bone cells. This leads to the strengthening of those bones. Because of this, strength training helps to reduce the risk of bone fracture, and can help you to avoid, or fight back against osteoporosis.
Speeds Up Metabolism To Prevent Unwanted Weight Gain
Metabolism naturally slows as we age – which can make it more difficult to control weight gain. And when it comes to fighting that weight gain, strength training is the perfect example of working smarter – not harder.
Unlike aerobic exercises, which only burn calories so long as they are being performed, new research has shown that strength-training exercises increase your resting metabolic rate (the calories burned during normal daily activities – such as sitting, eating, and sleeping). This means that individuals with a strength training routine burn more calories… even while they’re watching TV!
Builds Stronger Muscles Which Makes Tasks A Lot Easier To Do
Sarcopenia – the age-related loss of muscle – affects up to 13% of adults in their 60s, and up to 50% of adults over the age of 80. But studies have shown that sarcopenia can be decreased (and even reversed!) with resistance training.
The preservation – and improvement of – muscle mass can help you to safeguard and regain your independence.
Releases Endorphins That Make You Feel Happy
One of the most immediate benefits of strength training is its impact on our emotional well-being. Studies have shown that regular strength training improves mood significantly – even before subjects become physically stronger from the exercise!
So why not try your hand at strength training today? There’s nothing to lose – and everything to gain!
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