Strength training is probably the best thing you can do for your body other than eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Unfortunately, too many people at the gym either don’t do it or do it wrong.
Strength training can mean anything from traditional weight training to body weight training to boot camp classes. No matter which method you choose, strength training has multiple benefits for your physical and mental health. Let’s check out 5 reasons now!
Good Reasons for Strength Training
1. Strength training makes you stronger
This one is obvious. Strength training makes you stronger. Proper strength training rebuilds and grows new muscle tissue, making you able to lift more weight over time. This doesn’t just translate to lifting heavily dumbbells but to your everyday life.
Have you ever wanted to carry your 8-year-old child up the stairs without panting or stopping to put him down after the second stair? Strength training can help you get to the top of the stairs!
2. Strength training helps you lose body fat
Strength training gives you the biggest bang for your buck. As you lift weights you start to gain lean muscle. As your lean muscle mass increases throughout your body so does your resting metabolism. Translation: you burn more calories throughout the day even when you’re in front of the TV watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones! Fitness professionals generally agree that for every pound of muscle you gain, you can burn between 35 and 50 more calories a day.
3. Strength training reduces your risk of injury
While strength training primarily builds muscle tissue, it also builds and strengthens connective tissues like ligaments and tendons. Both ligaments and tendons are important for joint stability. Strong joints can help prevent injuries.
4. Strength training relieves stress and improves mental health
Ever had a bad day at work? Strength training is a great stress reliever! You can lift heavy stuff, throw it around and grunt out all that negativity. No one will even blink an eye!
Exercise releases endorphins that can help improve your mood and decrease your stress. Numerous studies indicate that regular exercise can also reduce anxiety and depression.
5. Strength training lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes
Just being active reduces your risk of multiple chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Cardio exercise is definitely the best for getting the heart pumping but a 2010 study indicated that resistance exercise could offer greater benefits from increased blood flow to active muscles. Experts recommend combining the two for the best chance of reducing your risk of heart disease.
Strength training is a great way to help control blood sugar levels. When you lift weights your muscles use glucose from your bloodstream as fuel to power them. Strength training also promotes weight loss, which is an important goal for many diabetics or those looking to reduce their chances of developing diabetes.
So, ladies and gentleman, it’s time to start strength training! There are just too many benefits not to pick up a weight or do a push-up. Become the healthiest, strongest and most bad-ass version of yourself today!