WHY IS STRENGTH TRAINING SO IMPORTANT
By Sonia De Rose
Strength training leads to increased lean muscle mass, which in turn leads to an increased Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which is the rate at which your body burns energy at rest. This makes it easier to maintain your weight loss over the long term.
Resistance training will resolve various muscular imbalances, improve posture, balance and flexibility, create better joint stability and reduce chance of injury. There will also be increased bone density, which helps ward off osteoporosis, the degenerative bone condition that is particularly prevalent in people over the age of 50. This is one of the reasons that strength training is highly beneficial to people of any age, and that there is no such thing as ‘too late to start’.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of strength training is that you will become a significantly stronger person. With strength training, you will be able to move heavy objects! This is incredibly satisfying and also does wonders for your confidence. Your first bodyweight deadlift, one of the best moments in strength training, will leave you feeling incredibly powerful. Do not underestimate the psychological effect of having confidence in your own body.
Strength training has been shown to improve significantly the “Standard Daily Living” health markers. Reducing the risk of diseases such as diabetes, various forms of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can also have a positive effect on some forms of mental illness, such as depression. You will sleep better when you have exercised too.
Once a person reaches their thirties, muscles will begin to atrophy (wear away) at a rate of 3-5% per decade. Strength training can slow, or even prevent, this muscle atrophy. There should be no underestimating the importance of fighting natural muscle atrophy through strength training throughout life, as it can be the difference between ending up in a wheelchair or being an 80-year-old grandparent who can pick up and play with their grandchildren.
Oh, I forgot to mention – Strength Training is also a lot of fun.
Lift heavy and enjoy your day 😉