The Importance of Strength-Training
Our weekly BBR challenge is completing a bodyweight circuit, and we hope you’re doing it with us!
You can check out the video that introduces the challenge here. As you watch it, you’ll notice that the bodyweight circuit consists of both cardio and strength exercises. That’s because while a lot of workout routines focus solely on cardio, strength-training is just as important. Here’s why!
Strengthening your muscles is the most obvious benefit of strength-training. 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.
It’s important to note that while many women worry that strength-training will cause them to bulk up, most women don’t produce enough testosterone to put on massive amounts of muscle without supplementation and a very specific lifestyle. 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!
Your bones will also benefit from strength-training. 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.
While cardio may be well-regarded in weight maintenance, strength-training can 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!
Strength-training is a great way to take care of your health, so we encourage you to make it a part of your exercise routine. For more tips to work toward optimal health, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!