Strength training is often thought of as just a muscle builder, but it does so much more than that. It’s become far more popular with women, too. In the past, most women feared big muscles and thought of strength training primarily for men. However, once they found that lifting iron didn’t bulk up their muscles, but gave them sinewy, sexy muscles and promoted weight loss effectively, it’s popularity surged. Not only does it take off more pounds than other forms of exercise, it burns fat, not muscle mass, like other types of exercise does. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolism and the easier it is to lose weight.
Strength training is good for bone health.
Strength training is good for people of all ages, particularly seniors. It builds muscles and prevents muscle deterioration that often occurs in senior years. It also has been found to be a beneficial way to slow, stop and even reverse bone loss from osteoporosis. In fact, one study showed that it worked better than some of the medicine on the market to treat the condition and the only side effect was a healthier, more youthful body.
Keep chronic conditions controlled with strength training.
Type 2 diabetes increases your risk for serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, circulatory problems and more. Strength training has been shown to help by lowering insulin resistance and normalizing blood glucose levels. It also helps people with chronic pain from arthritis. It’s been found as effective as many medications when it comes to controlling pain.
Strength training improves balance and lowers the risk of injury.
You’ll improve your posture, coordination and balance when you use strength training. That makes it another reason that seniors should make it part of their exercise program. It can keep a senior active and viable longer. It also improves functional fitness, which strengthen the muscles and reduces the risk of injuries when working out or doing normal everyday activities.
- Strength training not only takes off weight, it keeps it off. The more muscle mass you have the easier it is to burn calories and prevent weight from returning.
- You’ll get a rush of endorphins when you do strength training and burn off the hormones of stress. That will turn your frown upside down.
- Strength training can give you confidence. It improves your posture, making you walk taller and look more confident. There’s an old adage that if you act like something is true, it becomes true. This is the case with improved posture and more confidence.
- Strength-training lowers the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, some forms of cancer, PMS and even decreases colds and flu. Not only are you healthier, you’ll look fabulous too.