The Benefits of Strength Training

Beyond just feeling and looking great, strength training has many benefits that will help your body over the course of your lifetime. Whether you do strength training with weights or without, the benefits are too great to ignore. If you are looking to add any one thing to your lifestyle to increase your health [in addition to eating well], strength training should be it. Here are the top benefits to strength training:

Maintain Your Weight

Strength training is a great way to increase your metabolic rate, which will help your body burn more calories throughout the day. It also increases your lean muscle mass and overall strength, helping you to workout longer and have more energy. These things combined work to help you maintain your weight goals over a long period of time. A calculated strength program is more important to lean muscle mass then over consuming protein. 

Increase Bone Density

Over time as you age, inactivity (and just getting older) can lead to your bones decreasing in density and becoming more brittle, leading to diseases like osteoporosis (and being at higher risk for injuries). By doing regular strength training, research has proven that you can both increase your bone density and work to prevent osteoporosis. Note: it’s interesting that America is the number consumer of dairy product, in the world and we have the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world!

Prevent Injury

One of the best ways to prevent and heal injuries is to strengthen the muscles around them. A large portion of sport-related, as well as life-related injuries, can be prevented by properly strengthening both your muscles and joints. If you do endure an injury, strength training can help heal it faster by strengthening the muscles affected and speeding up recovery time. Note: this important to those with debilitating back issues.

Increase Your Performance

No matter what your favorite sport or activity is, if you practice regular strength training, you will improve at it. Strength training is a fantastic supplement to someone that is already physically active but wants to take their sport or activity to a higher level. Strength training can give you that extra energy and power needed to excel.

Feel Great and Look Great

Nothing is more satisfying than the feeling of a great workout. Strength training may be painful at times, but the effects that stronger muscles and joints can have on your body are every bit worth it. Being stronger can impact your posture and your overall muscle tone. All of these things combined lead to increased confidence and higher self esteem. Strength training can also help you age more gracefully, as it keeps you alive and vibrant.  

With benefits this compelling, it is hard to find a reason not to put some time and effort into improving your overall health with strength training. By practicing strength training just 3 to 5 times a week, you can begin to see a change in your body and health. If you don’t do anything to replace lean muscle [as you age] you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body. Strength training will help preserve and enhance your muscle mass –– at any age.

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