• This entry was posted in Fitness on January 29, 2016

  • Any regular gym-goer can tell you that the cardio room is usually busier than the weight room. A lot of people think intense sweating and heavy breathing make for a better work out, but that isn’t always the case. Strength training, a form of exercise involving working specific muscles in a strategic way (generally through weight lifting) has some serious benefits to consider.

    From improving your appearance and posture, to relieving symptoms of diseases and helping you excel at your favorite sports, here are a few of our favorite reasons why strength training is for everyone.

    1. Strength training can prevent injury. Working and strengthening muscles around injured areas can help them heal exponentially faster.

    2. It makes you look better. It’s pretty much universally accepted that fit, tone people are attractive. Cardio can help you reach your target weight, but it’s strength training that gives you a defined, toned, and overall fit look.

    3. It improves your posture. Strong neck, back, and abdominal muscles help you sit straighter and healthier. You might notice significantly less pain in your back once you start strength training.

    4. It can relieve symptoms of diseases. Regular strength training can help reduce the symptoms of depression, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more.

    5. It’s good for your bones and muscles mass. Experts say you lose 1% of your bone and muscle strength every year after puberty. Strength training can play a big role in halting that loss.

    6. It helps you age gracefully. Strength training alleviates the symptoms of many diseases people face as they grow older.

    7. It makes you happier. Fit and active people tend to sway on the happier side of the scale. Plus, intense regular weight training is a mental exercise as well as a physical one, requiring focus, commitment, and strategy.

    8. It improves your performance in other activities. Strength training gives you extra energy and strengthens muscles that can help you swim, run, or play sports better.

    9. Your sleep will improve. Regular exercise helps many people relax and sleep better, improving their overall heath.

    You’ve gotten into a groove with your treadmill or spin class, but don’t forget to devote some time to strength training too. The benefits outlined above make it clear that strength training is essential to living your healthiest, happiest, and most vibrant life. Get started today – your body will thank you.

    Ready to start strength training? Here are a few tips for how to get started with strength training in a way that works for you.