7 Reasons why STRENGTH TRAINING is VITAL for your Health

Quote: "No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change." - Bill Phillips

When it comes to strength training, most people think of young gym bunnies and Arnold Schwarzenegger wannabees lifting heavy weights in the gym.  The good news is, strength training can benefit everyone old and young, male and female.  If you wish to lose weight, improve your health and relieve stress, then get to the gym and start lifting.  Listed below are the best reasons to undertake strength training.

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1. Delays Onset of Osteoarthritis

As you get older, bone density decreases over time leading to a higher risk in bone fractures.  Strength training increases your bone density, this means you will have a stronger skeletal system allowing you to move more freely leading to an improvement in quality of life.

2. Increases your Metabolic Rate

By increasing your musclemass you also increase your metabolic rate.  This additional musclemass burns excess calories which is better than having fat that just sits on your body doing nothing.  So even when you are resting, you will be burning calories.

3. Improves Performance in other Activities

Whether you are a weekend warrior, endurance athlete, soldier, martial artist, swimmer, track and field athlete, tennis player, golfer, football player, strength training can help improve your performance by increasing core stability, muscular strength speed and explosive power.

4. Helps to Manage Stress

Due to the many demands on our time in modern life results in stress.  Doing strength training will produce endorphins which elevates your emotional wellbeing to counter the stress you experience.  It will also enhance the quality of sleep resulting in you being able to replenish your body and mind so you can face the demands of the next day.

5. Slows the Ageing Process

Once you pass the age of 35, you start to age more quickly due to poor eating habits, decrease in bone density, lack of physical activity, a slowing metabolic rate, mental and emotional stress.  Strength training will increase the amount of muscle mass even as you age by activating a muscle stem cell called a satellite cell that rejuvenates the mitochondria. It also tightens your skin, changes your physical appearance, increases your bone density, strengthens your skeletal structure and improves your brain function, all important aspects in slowing down the ageing process.

6. Improves Body Composition

You increase your muscle mass and decrease your bodyfat.  You may weigh the same as you did before you started strength training.  But your composition and appearance and ability to burn excess calories will be different.

7. Improves Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Strength training will help boost your confidence change your attitude and alleviate boredom.   Improving your physical health will spill over into other areas of your life such as family, social settings and work.  People around you will notice and pay you compliments and ask what you have been doing.  You pay it forward by telling them what you did, how and why you did, how it helped to improve your life.  This will inspire them to make improvements in their life.

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