Have you ever heard that strength training is just for bulking up and building those big muscles like Arnold Schwarzenegger? Well if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few decades you’ve probably heard something along those lines.
In an era where we are surrounded by everything health & fitness, whether it be by social media or in our day to day life, if you knew that there was a particular way to exercise that is proven to not only benefit your health but make you feel and look better all at the same time, would you do it? Well then, if you said yes, it’s time for you to try strength and resistance training. When we think of strength training, our mind immediately jumps to bodybuilding and huge muscles, but that’s not all it’s good for, getting those big muscles is, in fact, one of the many beneficial by-products from this type of exercise.
And what’s important to know is that strength and resistance training is a very significant part of people’s health and has a multitude of benefits to individuals of all ages.
So, how does strength and resistance training help your health? How can it benefit you? Here are some of the oh so many ways it can help.
Let’s start with the obvious one.
You get stronger and fitter
Strength training helps preserve and increase your muscle mass, strengthens bones and keeps your joints healthy, whilst also making day-to-day jobs easier. In addition, depending on your style of training, you will begin to see yourself look more toned and stronger. Who wouldn’t want that!
But did you know it also;
Boosts your metabolism and promotes fat loss
As strength and resistance training increases your heart rate, it results in the use of more calories as energy, thus promoting fat loss. Pair this with your favourite cardio and/or interval training and you will be definitely burning some calories.
Develops your body mechanics
Your posture, balance and coordination can all be improved during strength and resistance training. Did you know that older people who are involved in either strength or resistance training have a reduced risk of falling?
Mind and energy boost
Any form of exercise will heighten your levels of endorphins. These endorphins will raise energy levels and improve mood. These endorphins also improve cognitive function keeping you alert and sharp and on your A-game.
Helps the heart
Strength and resistance training as well as cardio, has the effect of improving blood flow and pressure, keeping the cardiovascular system strong and at a lower risk of heart disease and hypertension.
So, now that you’ve made the decision to incorporate strength and resistance training into your lifestyle, let’s get started to how to add it to your routine.
Obviously, if you have any health issues be sure to consult your doctor first.
Now, let’s start with the simplest and most cost-effective option. Use what you have! Use your body! Body squats, planks, push-ups, crunches just to list a few. These all rely on your body weight as resistance.
Now, if you’re willing to splurge a little, a gym membership is a great way to expand on what you’re already doing. Most gyms have a vast variety of equipment that gives you the ability to target certain muscle groups. Of course, bodybuilders use this to sculpt their bodies, but we can utilise this to target weak links in our bodies such as muscle imbalances or physical attributes.
And if you’re scared, don’t be afraid to ask for help! We’re here to help.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started on being healthier, happier and living a longer life!
Written by Will Bertram
Membership Consultant – Planet Fitness Charlestown