Building Muscle is More Important than you Think

If you’re actively pursuing, developing, or considering a fitness program, you may want to add strength training to the mix.

With strength training, building muscle is only one part of the equation and it’s not all about trying to develop a bodybuilder physique. Sure, you’ll get some extra definition and look more fit, but the additional benefits may surprise you.

Here are 10 benefits of strength training:

1. Have a healthy heart.

The medical journal, Circulation, published an article in 2007 stating that proper resistance training is helpful for people suffering from heart disease and strengthens your cardiovascular muscles, keeps your heart rate up and can even be considered cardio at times.

2. Improve your balance.

By strengthening your core, your sense of balance can be improved. “Balance not only requires equilibrium, but also good stability of the core muscles and the joints, particularly the hip, knee, and ankle,” said Leigh Crews, spokesperson of the American Council on Exercise.

3. Strengthen your bones.

Studies have shown a direct and positive relationship between the effects of resistance training and bone density, leading to improved overall health for the elderly and people recovering from injury.

4. Keep the weight off.

Not only does strength training help lose weight, it will also help you maintain weight loss. Studies have shown that women who follow a weight training routine three times a week can increase the amount of calories burned during normal activity.

5. Manage chronic conditions.

Other than heart disease, strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including arthritis, back pain, obesity, depression and diabetes.

6. Be strong and fit.

Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves strengthening and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force, leading to an increase in your physical strength.

7. Enhance your mood.

Strength training will elevate your endorphins, making you feel happy and could also serve as an antidepressant, help you sleep and improve your overall quality of life.

8. Prevent injury.

Lifting weights is key to staying injury free. Not only will it strengthen your muscles, it can also lead to stronger ligaments and tendons.

9. See results… fast.

Strength training can lead to speedy results. It can take only two or three weekly session (for less than a month) to see changes.

10. Beat boredom.

Muscles need time to recover. Meaning: you’ll have to switch up your routine!

We certainly encourage you to consider if strength training is for you. For more information on how we can help with your fitness goals, contact us or sign up for a free trial now.