Studies have shown that strength training could help to benefit your heart, improve your balance, strengthen your bones, help you lose weight and make you look and feel better within yourself. Most people think that strength training is just about bodybuilders lifting weights in a gym, but it is so much more than that. It can be of benefit to people of all ages.
What is Strength Training?
Strength training (also known as resistance training) is the process of using resistance to contract muscles to increase strength, anaerobic endurance and the size and shape of muscles. Resistance can come in the form of weights or even a person’s own body weight.
Some examples of strength training include using free weights, weight machines, medicine balls, resistance bands and your own bodyweight.
Benefits of Strength Training
Increased Strength – Strength training will improve your muscular strength, power, size and endurance. This translates into performing daily tasks better, whether it is lifting a heavy object, carrying groceries or walking up a flight of stairs with less effort.
Improved Flexibility – Strength training can improve your overall flexibility in your body by working your muscles through a full range of motion. The improved mobility from this flexibility will reduce the risk of injuries.
Reduced Risk of Injury – Stronger muscles, ligaments and tendons are less likely to give away under pressure and are therefore less likely to be injured. You can also reduce back pain and knee pain from the improved bone density and muscle mass that strength training achieves.
Better Muscle Tone – The increase in muscle mass will result in a firmer and better defined body. For women this will accentuate your curves and for males it will make you look leaner.
Improved Posture – The improvement in the muscular strength of your neck, back, hip and abdominal muscles will help you stand upright and sit in a better posture. It will also help improve your stability, coordination and balance.