How strength training helps your health?


Besides the well documented benefit of adding tone to your muscles, how does strength training help your health?


1.Strength training makes you stronger and fitter.

This benefit is the obvious one! Muscle strength is crucial in making it easier to do things on a day-to-day basis. As we get older we naturally start to lose muscle, so strength training is essential to build and retain muscle.


2.Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass.

At around the age of 30 we start losing as much as 3-5% of lean muscle mass per year due to ageing.


Strength training has been shown to preserve or increase muscle mass, strength and power as well as increase bone density, structure and strength in postmenopausal women with low bone mass.


3.Strength training helps weight control.

Strength is proven to help increase your resting metabolism(the rate at which your body burns calories throughout the day)


A good resistance training or strength training workout increases our post-workout oxygen consumption, so your body continues to burn calories for 24 hours after you finish working out.

Strength training can also increase lean muscle mass which leads to an overall higher resting metabolism.


4.Strength training helps develop better body mechanics.

Strength training also benefits your balance, coordination and posture.

One study showed that straight training reduced the risk of falling by 40% in older people.


5.Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood

Strength training will elevate your levels of endorphins which lift energy levels and improve mood.


6.Strength training has cardiovascular health benefits

Along with aerobic exercise, strength training helps improve blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.


If your looking to add strength training to your routine you have lots of options. You definitely don't need a gym membership or expensive machines. If you are just starting out, you have everything you need - your body! Your own body weight can provide a very effective resistance workout. Squats, Pushups, planks, jumping jacks are just a few very effective body weight exercises!


If you would like advice please email me, karenfenderfitnessandwellness@gmail.com


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