Strength training is the type of work out that employs resistance to make stronger and shape up the skeletal and muscular system of the body, enhancing muscle tone and stamina. Strength training is synonymous to other exercise terms such as weightlifting and resistance training.
Physically, the benefits of steady strength training include a boost in muscle size and tone, increased muscular power, and amplification in bone, tendon, and sinew strength. Strength training can also develop one’s psychological status by increasing confidence and self-esteem.
Here are other worthy benefits of strength training:
- Energy Boost: additional endurance, control and strength resulting in more energy.
- Better digestion. Your body is designed to be active in many ways.
- Superior cerebral activity and output. Mental relaxation is a benefit.
- Improved sleep: Strength training develops a better sleeping pattern for you.
- Weight loss: with strength training, the muscles burn more calories than fats because of improved metabolism.
- Tougher bones: increased bone mineral density resulting from loads placed on the bones during the strength training.
- Depression control: While exercising, the brain sends out endorphins resulting in a happy state of mind during and after exercise.
- Reduced stress
- Protection from heart disease: reduced blood pressure and weight loss
- Improved self-confidence and self-perception
- Body fat percentage reduction
- Lean tissue increase
- Strength increases
- Lung function improves
- Bone mineral density increases
Due to the improvement of mental and physical stamina you will be able to tolerate the stresses of your work and home life better.
Another one of the many benefits of a good strength training program is its effect on our appearance. As a result our self-esteem and level of confidence improve.
Strength Training Can Slow Down Aging
Strength training is essential in inhibiting muscle loss that usually accompanies the aging process. There is no reason why all of us can't be physically, psychologically and socially active, living a healthy life into our later years.
The reason why many elderly people have become slower and fatter is simply because over the years, their muscles have wasted away without strength training. This has resulted in the decrease of their body’s physical performance and metabolism, which is the reason why they have become less efficient.
The body needs consistent strength training in order to slow down muscle and bone weakness. Constant physical movement prepares the body for the future years. You will eventually notice that mature people who have had ample physical activity in their youth are still capable of doing a lot of things without supervision when they get old.