Top 10 Benefits of Strength Training
10 Important Reasons for Strength Training
There are many reasons why people start strength training.
The most common ones are not even going to be listed. They are superficial.
- Look Better
- Increase Sports Performance
- Impress women/men
- Become Stronger
- Become "Fitter"
Strength training will do all of these things. These are all valid reasons to begin strength training all by themselves. But they are the obvious benefits of Strength Training.
In this article on the top ten reasons to begin strength training we are going to go a little deeper than that.
So let's get to it.
Top 10 Benefits of Strength Training:
#1 Lose Weight/Body fat Through Strength Training:
There are actually two really good reasons why strength training is a necessary part of any weight loss plan.
You may lose weight "faster" with a good, Jillian Michaels Aerobic Routine, but you keep it from coming back "longer" with the weight training. Muscle is denser than fat. For every pound of muscle you gain your body needs to work extra hard to keep it. Therefore burning more calories and helping you to "lose" weight.
The second factor is something known as "Physiological Homework". After you have a strength training workout routine your body keeps burning calories at a higher level than normal. Up to 15% extra even an hour after the training.
#2 Bone and Muscle Loss
As you get older you will begin to experience bone and muscle loss. This is why a 90-year-old woman falling often means a broken hip, while a 9-year-old girl could fall from 5 times the height and walk away with nothing but a bruise and tears.
Strength training cannot halt the process of bone and muscle loss. But it can and does slow the process.
Just look at Jack laLane in his 90's.
#3 Reduce Stress by Working out and Strength Training
Playing addictive video games.
The list goes on... and on.
Strength training is a way to reduce/relieve that stress.
- Lifting can be a cathartic experience. Getting your tension out by physical pain.
- Strength training will teach you to focus your problems. You pay attention to the muscle groups you are exercising and this focus can keep your mind off the issues.
- The better/stronger/fitter feeling you get from strength training boosts self-esteem and therefore make you less susceptible for the low self-esteem reasons for stress.
#4 Fight pain
In turn this boost in lean muscle mass means less stress on your joints and bones.
Not only can this lead to being stronger therefore, but it can actually cut the pain that is felt in your bones and joints.
#5 Boosts your energy level
Endorphins are your brains 100% natural drugs. Working out can actually give you a mild euphoric feeling.
This can result in a rush and real, "increase" of energy levels after a workout.
#6 Improve your mood
Remember this 'chemistry' effect is only "part" of the beneficial effects of strength training. In #3 we discussed how strength training also works to relieve stress and the results can lead to an improved self-worth, body-image self-esteem.
Add all of that together and you can see where a bit of strength training really does one hell of a lot to improve your mood.
#7 Improve your Cholesterol
There are two types of lipoproteins. Often known as LDL (Low Density lipoproteins or "Bad Cholesterol") and HDL (High Density lipoproteins or "Good Cholesterol")
A regular strength training regimen make means you create more HDL than LDL, considering the same diet with or without the exercise.
This means that there is a lower chance of Heart Attacks, Strokes, Diabetes and all other diseases that are associated with or exacerbated by high (bad) cholesterol.
#8 Heal and Recover faster
Your body may compensate more when you are injured and your muscles are not as strong. This can aggravate the injury and make the healing process take longer.
Fitness, in general, is tied directly to this core strength.
#9 Improve Endurance and Stamina
The two work well together.
When your muscles are stronger it also means that you will be able to do better and longer in your cardiovascular routine.
The same is true in reverse also, the increase you get from an aerobic (not anaerobic) routine will kick the strength training into gear too.
#10 Fight Cancer and Live Longer
This decrease in free radicals works to then decrease your chances for tissue damage and Cancer.
Strength training can simple add years to your life.
Just look at some of the things regular strength training fights:
- Weight Gain
- Quicker Recovery
Hopefully with all of these benefits you see the point for the reasons to begin strength training.
Other Resources for Fitness
What else can you do to improve strength and fitness, lose weight, increase health and improve cardio?
This is not the only time that I have talked about fitness. There are lots of things you can do and should look into to try to increase your fitness.
Check out these articles for some practical advice on how to get more fit. Fitness does not begin and end with a gym membership after all.
Those are just the beginning too. Check out these product reviews and ideas for your workout:
- InMotion, Small Home Elliptical Machine
- Simple Resistive Handgrips
- Exercise Fitness Bands
- WalkStation: Height Adjustable Desk/Treadmill
- Ergonomic "Balance Ball" Chair for the Home or Office
Good luck and good fitness