If you knew that a certain type of exercise could benefit your heart, help you lose weight, make you look and feel better, wouldn’t you want to get started? Well, studies show that strength training can do all of that and a lot more. Strength training is not just about bodybuilders lifting weights in a gym.
Strength training aids in losing pounds but also helps to maintain weight loss too. Studies have shown that women who follow a weight-training program 2-3 times a week actually increase the amount of calories burned in a normal day.
You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent. Strength training is a great way to jumpstart a weight loss plan.
It is known that after puberty, whether you are a man or a woman, you begin to lose about 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year. Studies have proven that one of the best ways to prevent and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workout program.
Strength training is also called resistance training as it involves strengthening and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. The two types of resistance training are referred to as Isometric resistance and Isotonic.
Isometric resistance is when you contract your muscles against a non-moving object, such as against the floor in a push up. Isotonic strength training is achieved by using a range of muscles as you do in weight lifting.
Both types of resistance training help to make you strong and get your body into better shape. It is important to remember when strength training your muscles need time to recover in between working out. Alternating days is a good way to go about strength training to allow your muscles the necessary recovery time.
The benefits of strength training go beyond the appearance of nicely toned muscles. Your posture, balance and coordination will improve and can help to reduce risks of falling by as much as 40 percent as you get older.
Strength training naturally elevates your levels of endorphins (natural opiates your brain produces), which will make you feel great. Strength training has also been shown to be a great antidepressant, to help you sleep better, and to improve your overall quality of life.
Who doesn’t want to look better, feel better, lose weight and have a healthier life? So, what are you waiting for? Get started now with a complete workout program that includes strength training.