When most people hear “strength training,” they immediately imagine weights. However, strength training actually encompasses a wide variety of physical exercise that uses resistance to create muscular contractions. Essentially, you’re tapping into the power of your own body to build strength, increase muscle mass and improve endurance.
If you’ve been hitting the gym for years without results, it’s likely that you need to add a strength training routine into your fitness mix to actually reach your goals. Whatever your age or level of fitness, the benefits of strength training are undeniable. Here are five of them.
- Increased muscle mass: One of the most obvious benefits to strength training is a toned physique and improved appearance. Increased muscle mass becomes especially important as we get older; as our bodies age, we naturally experience a decline in muscle mass. Strength training can slow down and even reverse this trend.
- Stronger bones: Yes, stronger muscles can actually help your bones as well. By putting a healthy amount of stress on your bones, you’ll increase the density of them. This can help minimize your risk of fractures from osteoporosis, and pain associated with weakened bones.
- Improved focus: Any consistent physical exercise routine has benefits that extend well beyond the gym, often leading to improved mental stamina and focus in your day-to-day life. Strength training is no exception to this, giving you improved focus both during your workouts and into other areas of your life.
- Cardiovascular health: Spending time on the treadmill is good for your heart health, but did you know strength training can also improve your cardiovascular health, sometimes even more than with aerobic exercise? Your heart is a muscular organ, and you’ll benefit from it every time you work your body’s muscle systems.
These are just five ways that strength training can benefit your health, but the list goes on and on. When you shed body fat and increase muscle mass, you not only look great, but you’ll feel great as well. This leads to increased energy throughout the day, better sleep and a boosted confidence both in the gym and out.
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