What Have You Done For Me Weightly?
So, you’re beginning to (or thinking about) weight training. (AKA resistance training or strength training).
In my August 28, 2018 Blog, “Skinny Fat, Is That Like Jumbo Shrimp?”, I discussed the importance of combining cardio and strength training to effectively increase your body’s ability to burn fat by building lean muscle tissue. The more lean muscle tissue you add, the higher your metabolic rate, which determines your expenditure of caloric energy. Plus, if your legs get stronger, then the amount of time you can spend doing cardio exercises will be longer. Even very good runners who do weight training actually improve their running efficiency.
That’s important, but there are many other reasons to do weight training. Benefits include:
· Staving off chronic disease - Among the health risks reduced through a combination of cardio and strength training are loss of muscle (Sarcopenia), Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Osteoporosis and Cancer.
· Improved posture – Weight training will strengthen your back, shoulders, and core, helping to correct bad posture so that you can stand taller, with shoulders back and spine straight. A stronger back and core will also prevent lower back pain.
· Improved balance and strength – In aging adults, that’s a factor in reducing falls.
· Reduced stress –Weight training releases endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood, and fight depression. An increase in endorphins naturally reduces stress and anxiety. Endorphins also stimulate the mind, improving alertness and boosting energy.
· Improved bone density - Resistance training creates force on the bone and helps it stay strong.
· Lowering inflammation – For example, studies have suggested that regular resistance training sessions, about twice a week, resulted in drops in inflammation in overweight women.
Still have concerns or doubts about weight training? Comment below or contact me and we can discuss.