What if we told you it was possible to improve your balance, strengthen your bones, improve the quality of your sleep, benefit your heart and look and feel better, all with one kind of exercise? Strength training does all this and more. If your perception of strength training is that it’s for bodybuilders only, it’s time to change that viewpoint. Strength training benefits people of all ages and conditions (especially those with arthritis and heart issues), and it’s never too late to start. Here are three reasons to start strength training ASAP.
Strength Training Helps Maintain Weight Loss
Anyone who’s ever dieted knows that dropping weight is one thing, but keeping it off is another. Strength training can help you maintain weight loss by speeding up your metabolism, increasing the number of calories you burn in day-to-day activities – not just during your workouts.
Strength Training Protects Your Bones & Muscles
After hitting puberty, men and women alike begin losing about one percent of their bone and muscle strength annually. But you can halt this process – and even reverse it – simply by adding strength training to your workouts. The density and strength of your bones is closely linked to independence for older adults, as hip fractures are the main reason for many nursing home admissions, and strength training will help increase bone strength while improving muscle mass and connective tissue strength.
Strength Training Helps in Disease Prevention
Physical benefits aside, research has shown strong correlation to improved wellness with strength training. In fact, it’s as effective as medication in treating arthritis pain. It improves bone density, reducing the risk of fractures, and it can improve glucose control for the 14 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes.
Strength Training: Getting Started
You don’t need to join a gym to reap the benefits of strength training. But working with a personal trainer is a prudent move if you’re just beginning. The trainers here at Framework Personal Training in Reno will create a strength training program designed to meet your goals in a safe and timely manner. Before beginning, you should consult with your doctor, and then we invite you to schedule a free consultation so you can learn more about strength training and our certified personal trainers.