Last week, we wrote about the benefits of personal training for senior citizens. One of those benefits relates to strength training, a wonderful activity for older adults. But the truth is, you don’t have to be in your golden years to benefit from regular resistance training. Here are five reasons we should all strength train.
1. It gives you a (metabolic) boost.
Muscles can burn an impressive amount of calories when they’re repairing themselves after a workout. That means you’re not only benefitting during the workout itself, but afterward too. A stronger, more efficient metabolism can help you drop fat more easily.
2. Strength training increases bone density, and we all need that.
Here’s the thing about bone density. It peaks around age thirty, and then absorption begins to exceed formation. Bone strength is important for everyone, and the stronger our bones, the better our quality of living. While post-menopausal women and men with low testosterone have the highest risk low bone density, it’s a potential issue for everyone. But strengthening your bones (and muscles, of course) through regular weight training can combat the problems of low bone density.
3. Strong muscles can help protect you from injury.
Many common injuries are caused by weak tendons, ligaments and muscle fiber. But resistance training doesn’t just strengthen your muscles (and bones, as we just reviewed). It also builds stronger connective tissue, which can reduce your chances of certain kinds of injury.
4. Resistance training improves balance and muscle control.
A greater sense of balance and improved muscle control are other ways we can protect ourselves from injury.
5. Regular strength training can improve self-confidence.
There’s something to be said for committing to something, and then seeing and feeling its progress. It’s a confidence booster when your hard work starts to pay off, maybe in smaller pants sizes, maybe in more push ups. And there’s the chemical benefit of strength training too. Regular exercise can enhance the feel-good hormone, serotonin, which elevates your mood both during and after a workout. Plus, consistent strength training can improve the quality of your sleep, which also affects your mood.
For high school kids all the way up to seniors, regular strength training offers a myriad of benefits. At Framework Personal Training, we can help you build a strength training routine to reap these rewards – and we’ll do it in the safest, most effective and most efficient way possible. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.