Time to stop hogging that elliptical or stairmaster and go pump some weights!
It is so important that every workout plan incorporate some sort of strength training with weights. Yes, lots of people resistance train to build muscle BUT building muscle is just scratching the surface of the associated health benefits.
Whats the benefit to strength training?
Since I made incorporating resistance training a priority into my lifestyle I have insane reactions (neuromuscular efficiency), I’m burning extra calories in a day from muscle gains (increased metabolism), my bones are stronger – especially important for women as after the age of 30 our bone mineral density starts to decline (stronger bones). I’m someone who’s proud of my work done at the gym (and kitchen) so having an athletic build doesn’t scare me but doing high weight and low reps will not make you crazy bulky if you focus on what you feed your body — yes you’re going to gain muscle so your physique will likely change, but the extent to which this occurs can be gaged by how you replenish your body with nutrient intake.
- Enhanced Nervous System – weight training trains the central nervous system – increased neuromuscular strength results in a more efficient body (better body mechanics) and faster reactions.
- Increased Metabolism – from muscle gains – the more muscle you have the more calories you burn at rest.
- Stronger bones – the more you load your muscles the more you apply forces to your bones – promoting healthy stresses on bones stimulates bone formation, therefore, stronger bones.
- Disease Prevention – seen to be effective in the prevention or treatment of numerous diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, renal failure, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, stroke, depression and anxiety, pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, and orthopedic disease.
- Increased Muscle Mass – It doesn’t make you “bulky” IF you gage what you eat – personally I think looking strong and feeling strong is nothing to be afraid of but regardless, if you’re not a fan of looking swoll this is no reason to not strength train, just make sure you’re getting adequate protein but don’t over do it because extra protein intake stores as fat.
Finally, it targets different systems in the body over aerobic exercise (cardio) – there are benefits you can get from weight training that you cannot get from aerobic exercise!! 🙂
I can go on and on how resistance training (with the incorporation of aerobic exercise and High-Intensity-Interval-Training (HIIT) on cardio machines) has changed my life for the better. It decreases my stress levels, enhances my mood (endorphins woo), gives me a higher body-confidence and so much more!
— Check Out My DIY Pre-Workout Blog Post if you’re looking to amp up your workout —