Reasons To Consider Strength Training

Strength Training For A Healthier You

Despite its health benefits, strength training tends to have a bad reputation of being a “man-only” sport. Regardless of your gender, Whether your goal is to lose body fat, gain muscle/strength or get healthier, you definitely need to consider including strength training in your exercise routine.

Benefits Of Strength Training

  1. Boosts metabolism: Simply put, the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn. Unfortunately, our muscle mass declines as we age.  Strength training helps preserve muscle mass at any age.
  2. Strengthen bones:  Strength training increases bone density and helps in reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis as we age.
  3. Increases body balance: Building muscles contribute to better balance, coordination and posture.
  4. Lowers risk of Chronic diseases: According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strength training  can help in lowering the symptoms of diseases like: arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and obesity.
  5. Improves mental health: Strength training helps in lowering depression levels. It also affects self-esteem and boosts self confidence.

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Strength Training: Getting Started

It is important to first consult your doctor if you have any medical issues. 

  • Choose a weight or resistance level heavy enough to cause muscle fatigue after about 10 -12 repetitions, and light enough to avoid muscular failure before reaching the desired rep-range (muscular failure is when you fail to perform any more reps despite your best efforts).
  • Use proper technique and form while doing any strength training exercise to avoid injury. If you are uncertain about the exercise, ask a reliable coach.
  • Listen to your body. While mild muscle soreness is normal, severe pain or swollen joints are signs that you are overdoing it. Give your muscles time to recover.

 

 

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