Don’t be put off by Strength training, it’s not just about bodybuilding lifting weights in a Gym, it can benefit all ages. Studies have shown that Strength Training can benefit your heart, improve your balance, strengthen your bones, and help you lose weight. It also makes you look and feel better by adding definition to your muscles, Men and Women gain fit and toned bodies. Working out with weights does so much more……
Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass
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. A great way to stop, prevent, and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workouts.
Strength training makes you stronger and fitter
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.
Both make you stronger and can get you into better shape. Remember that with strength training your muscles need time to recover, training different muscle groups each day to allow the other muscles to recover. Always take some time to warm up and cool down after strength training with stretches.
Strength training helps you develop better body mechanics
Strength training has benefits that go well beyond the appearance of nicely toned muscles. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. It can improve poor flexibility and balance.
Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood
Strength training will elevate your level of endorphins which will make you feel great. As if that isn’t enough to convince you, strength training has also been shown to be a great antidepressant, to help you sleep better, lower anxiety and to improve your overall quality of life.
Strength Training: Getting Started
Please don’t limit yourself to thinking that lifting weights, expensive machines, or gym membership is the only way to do strength training. Push ups, jump squats, lunges, and mountain climbing are all examples of exercises that provide strength training.
If you have any health issues, ask your doctor what type of strength training is best to meet your needs and abilities. You can also work with a personal trainer to design a strength-training program that will be safe and effective for you.