Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Benefits of Strength Training Explained

Dumbbells for weight lifting and strength training. Benefits of strength training explained
Strength training can include exercises like weight lifting and working out with resistance bands to tone the body and strengthen muscles.

One of the biggest advantages of weight-lifting is that it continues to burn fat even after you’ve finished exercising, making it the most effective form of exercise in burning calories.

With weight-training the fat you lose is almost all pure fat whereas with other types of exercise you lose both fat and muscle (around 25% of the weight you lose comes from muscle with other types of exercise).

It’s interesting that the more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will burn as the muscles contract more frequently.  Therefore the more you increase your body’s strength with muscle-training, the more lean muscle mass you will develop and the more your body will deal with calories more efficiently.
Strength training is suitable for both men and women and offers a whole wealth of health benefits including helping to:

·         Burn calories
·         Reduce body fat
·         Increase lean body mass
·         Tone the body
·         Strengthen muscles
·         Build muscle mass
·         Increase bone density
·         Strengthen bones
·         Increase joint mobility
·         Improve upper & lower body strength overall
·         Improve cardio capacity
·         Improve metabolism for increased calorie burn
·         Increase overall energy levels
·         Lower your risk of developing a range of diseases like heart disease or diabetes

Besides the physical benefits of strength training, exercise in general releases the “feel-good” hormones that can help to improve your overall mental well-being too, helping to:

·         Improve your overall mood & general well-being
·         Lower stress levels
·         Relieve anxiety & depression
·         Improve cognitive abilities
·         Improve quality of sleep

N.B.  As with any type of exercise, weight-lifting and resistance training should be performed in a sensible way.  If you’ve never performed weight-lifted or resistance training before then it’s advisable to consult your doctor or health care professional before starting any new exercise.  It’s wise to start off slowly with low or medium intensity training 2 or 3 times a week and gradually increase the amount of time and effort you put into exercise.  Consulting a trained sports coach is advisable for newbies to weight-lifting.

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