Well, before jumping to benefits of strength training, let’s be familiar with strength training.
Ever been to a gym? Yes? No? Never mind, you still must have heard about the term strength workout or strength training.
There are various exercises like aerobics, cardio, pilates, crossfire, strength training etc which one could perform in a fitness center or more precisely in a gym. In the last blog, we have already covered about the best cardio exercises and their benefits.
So let’s know – what does strength training actually mean?
Having some basics knowledge is always good, it makes you know your body well and help you achieve better result in less time. Plus this is what happens when you train and eat right –
Well, I don’t want to bore you, so let’s go with the definition of strength training or lifting a weight.
“Strength training is the use of resistance or force to induce muscular contraction in order to enhance the physical strength and endurance. In simple words- it enhances your body to sustain the force of weights for a longer period of time.”
Strength training is not only about bulking up the body and building up your muscles mass. Strength training does more than that. I’m going to give you more reason to hit one more rep of bicep curls or that extra dumbbell press. Here are some important benefits of strength training and lifting weight.
Benefits of strength training and lifting weight
Strength training can reverse the aging
Yes, you heard it right. According to a research by Buck Institute for Age Research, California, US, strength training can reverse the aging process. Aging is related to skeletal muscles and after 30th you start losing your muscles and this is called Sarcopenia.
Sedentary people tend to lose 3% to 5% muscles per decade and this rate rapidly increases with age while people who do strength training have a very less rate of losing weight due to strong muscles.
Hence, they look younger and stronger in comparison to inactive people.
Reduce the risk of Osteoporosis
As we grow our bone gets stronger while our bone tissues constantly renewed till age 30. But as and when we cross this benchmark, the rate of building new tissues decreases and consequently bone becomes weaker.
When this rate becomes excessively high, the bone strength goes extremely down- this is called Osteoporosis.
A person suffering from Osteoporosis has high chances of bone fractures even at a very minor accident. Women mostly get affected with Osteoporosis after the menopause because of a sudden decrease of estrogen level. There are many more factors responsible for it but aging is one major player.
Although we cannot stop time or age unless you have a time machine or Hermione Granger’s time turner watch!
Logically, we don’t have that technology as of now, so by the time, what we can do is strength training. Yes, this is another benefit of strength training. Studies show strength training can make your bone stronger and prevent bone loss and even it helps to increase bone density too.
It helps to boost your metabolism and fat loss too
Strength training just not only helps you get muscle mass, there are more benefits of strength training too, having more muscle mass helps you burn more calories at rest, and more muscle mass empower more BMR(Basal metabolic rate). In fact, a body with more muscles mass is like calories burning machine.
It boosts your energy level as well as your mood
While doing strength training your body release neurochemicals called endorphins. These are natural opiates produced by the brain and it helps you to feel amazing and boost our energy level.
Make you more strong and fit
Among the benefits of strength training, one which is obvious is that you will be more fit and stronger. A strong muscle eases your day to day activity. Strong and toned muscles enhance the body appearance that ultimately makes you feel better and boost your confidence level.