Strength training can seem intimidating with all those body builders hogging the weights, but it may be worth the extra effort to reap the many health benefits. Discover why adding strength training to your routine is beneficial, even if you’re afraid of bulking up.
Trainers often fight an uphill battle, attempting to convince clients to incorporate strength training into their workout routines. As professionals they understand the many benefits, but it can be difficult to convince clients that strength training doesn’t have to mean bulking up.
Strength training does more than increase muscle it also benefits your heart, improves balance, strengthens your bones, and helps you burn calories even after you’re through working out. In fact, strength training can be incredibly important to people suffering from heart conditions or arthritis.
Keep the weight off. Losing weight is difficult, but keeping the weight off can be even harder. Strength training can help you keep the weight off according to a recent study. The study revelaed that women who committed to weight-training three times a week burned more calories in normal daily activities in addition to those burned at the gym.
Protect bone health and muscle mass. We lose one percent of our bone and muscle strength every year after puberty. “One of the best ways to stop, prevent, and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workouts,” says Troy Tuttle, MS, an exercise physiologist at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
Prevent disease. For those suffering from disease, taking pills and prescriptions is a part of the daily routine. Fortunately, strength training can be as effective as medication in decreasing arthritis pain according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A recent study conducted by Tufts University found that strength training decreased pain in arthritis patients by 43%. Those with type 2 diabetes can also benefit by improving glucose control with strength training and healthy lifestyle choices.
Burn more calories. If you love cardio machines you’re not alone, but did you know that strength training actually burns more calories than the time you spend on the elliptical? Unlike cardio workouts, strength training helps you burns calories while you workout and for hours after. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and strength training can also boost your metabolism by 15%.
Boost your energy. Like other exercise routines, strength training boosts endorphin levels, which makes us feel great, and reduces depression.
Need help getting started?
Weights and weight lifting machines can seem intimidating, especially with all those buff men and women sprawled throughout the gym floor. Don’t let that deter you. If you need help getting started there are personal trainers who can help introduce you to the different types of equipment and routines. There are also plenty of free workout videos and apps to choose from to help you get started as well.
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Cdc.gov: “Why Strength Training?”
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