5 reasons you should include strength training in your fitness program.
Strength training is exercise that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system. Physiologically, the benefits of consistent strength training include an increase in muscle size, increased muscular strength, and increases in tendon, bone, and ligament strength. Lifting weights has also been shown to improve psychological health as well, by increasing self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth. The benefits of a consistent and progressive resistance training program coupled with good nutrition choices are endless, but here are 5 of the best reasons to engage in this type of training.
1. Weight Loss: Heavy lifting burns a boatload of calories while you are doing it. Muscle burns more calories than fat because of the higher rate of metabolism within the muscle tissues. This will allow you to burn more calories over the course of the day, even when at rest.
2. Toning: I often hear woman stating that they would like to get "toned". If you are just watching numbers on the scale go down without any consideration of body composition, you will just end up a smaller version of yourself. To get that highly desired "toned" look requires the presence of some muscle in the absence of fat. Nothing better to build some muscle than resistance training.
3. Improved Health Markers: Numerous studies have shown that resistance training can play a role in disease prevention. Other benefits include improved glucose control, decreases arthritis pain, blood pressure readings decrease, lowers stress, increased lung function, increased bone density, cardiovascular circulation capacity improves, better sleep and hormone release and this list goes on.
4. Increased Energy: Lifting weights will translate into more endurance, power and strength. All of this will translate into more usable energy.
5. Makes You Mentally Stronger: Increasing your strength and feeling stronger can help you to feel stronger mentally. It teaches you to challenge yourself, overcome discomfort and perseverance in achieving your goals. It takes you out of your physical comfort zone and demonstrates that sometimes some discomfort is required to experience the potential rewards that may come with it. This can be converted into other situations in other parts of our lives.
These are just a few of the many benefits associated with strength training. It truly can improve your overall health and make you happier.
If you have thought about starting a fitness program in the past but didn't know where to start. Or if you are currently training and would like to take it to the next level, feel free to contact me anytime.