Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and strength training in particular can be a valuable tool in your transformation. Today, we’re going to talk about the many benefits of strength training and why you should make it a part of your routine!
Benefits of Strength Training
Strength training, which uses resistance to increase muscular strength, ranges from bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, lunges, and squats, to weightlifting. The most obvious benefit of strength training is stronger muscles. When you strength-train, you cause trauma to your muscle fibers. Then, when you recover, the muscle fibers become stronger. This is great not just for any fitness-related goals that you may have, but for your lifestyle as a whole because it will be easier for you to do the things you love.
Your muscles aren’t the only things that will get stronger as you strength-train. Your bones will also benefit! Research suggests that compared to aerobic exercise, “resistance training exercise seems to have a more potent impact on bone density.” That doesn’t mean you need to cut out cardio; it just means that adding in some strength training can help support a healthy bone density.
Strength-training will also help you maintain a healthy weight. According to this study, resistance training can help increase your resting metabolic rate regardless of what kind of post-workout supplementation you use. This means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day, so you’ll be better able to manage your weight.
Last but not least, there’s the confidence you’ll find as you strength-train. Conquering a strength-related goal, whether it’s successfully nailing your first pull-up ever or deadlifting more than your own weight, will do wonders for your confidence. You’ll realize just how strong you are, and you’ll take pride in your ability to do hard things!
Things to Consider
It’s critical to remember that all of these benefits are dependent on strength training with proper form. Using incorrect form is less effective and increases your risk of injury. If you’re new to strength training, you may want to consider arranging a few sessions with a personal trainer so they can teach you how to use proper form. Many gyms offer a free session or two with a trainer, so if yours does, take advantage of it!
We also want you to keep in mind that while many women avoid strength training because they’re afraid they’ll bulk up, you shouldn’t let that stop you! Most women don’t produce enough testosterone to put on massive amounts of muscle without supplementation and a very specific lifestyle. Those super strong women in bodybuilding contests eat and train in an extremely regimented way to look the way they do. Strength training alone isn’t going to do that to you (although if that’s what you want, go for it!). In fact, strength training will help you stay lean and toned rather than bulky. So don’t be afraid to pick up those free weights!
Strength training is a great way to improve your health, so we encourage you to make it part of your routine. For more tips for working toward optimal health, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!