The many benefits of strength training

1. Strength training helps keep the weight off
There are a few misconceptions relating to weight training and one of them (pertaining to women) is that strength training will cause big bulky muscle mass. The truth is strength training will give a shapely look to people who train the right way. Strength training also causes the body to burn off more calories during and after the workout than exercising without resistance. In addition, the body burns off a lot more calories to maintain muscle than it does fat. Meaning a more muscular version of yourself would burn off more calories in a day just because of the extra muscle tone. Thus keeping your weight off.

2. Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass
It’s a little known fact that strength training doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it strengthen your bones as well! That’s the reason why people who have been strength training for a number of years tend to have more bone density and maintain it better as they age. Resulting in less injuries and less bone loss as they get older.

3. Strength training makes you stronger and fitter
Increased strength is one of the more instant results of strength training. An individual that lifts weights consistently can see an improvement in strength in a matter of weeks. When strength training, it’s important to allow muscles time to recover because that’s when the muscles grow. So working the same muscles back to back days can be overdoing it when trying to increase strength and muscle tone.

4. Strength training helps you develop better body mechanics
Along with looking better and feeling stronger, strength training does wonders for your balance, coordination, and explosiveness. Strength training can even improve your posture and range of motion. Strength training is often used for recovery from injury in order to regain mobility. Many physical therapist incorporate various forms of resistance and strength training when working with stroke patients or accident victims.

5. Strength training plays a role in disease prevention
The benefits of strength training seem to be endless. Below are just a few diseases you’re more likely to avoid with regular strength training:

back pain

6. Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood
Yes, the endorphin release in our bodies that strength training provides makes us feel better but there’s more to it than that. Strength training makes us feel stronger resulting in us feeling better about ourselves. Strength training also improves our appearance thus improving our self image and boosting our confidence and self esteem. Strength training is an excellent treatment for depression. The increase in energy we get from strength training is also significant. One of the reasons for the energy increase is that weight training causes us to get deeper more for filling sleep resulting in more energy during the day.