Along with endurance training, balance, and flexibility exercises, strength training should be part of any fitness habit or routine. The American Heart Association recommends strength training at least two days a week. And all you need are simple, weight-bearing exercises to get the benefits.
Here are a few reasons why you should strength train:
1. Increased Muscle Mass
Muscle mass naturally begins to decrease as we age. Strength training can help you maintain and even increase the lean body mass you do have. Also, when you have more muscle mass, your body’s metabolic rate is faster at rest. The more lean body mass you have, the more calories you’ll burn throughout the day.
2. Increased Bone Density
Not only does strength training increase your lean body mass, but it also increases bone density. The higher your bone density, the less risk you have for bone fractures. Any weight-bearing activity will increase your bone density, and strength training falls in this category.
3. Improved Flexibility & Balance
Strength training can help you improve your joint flexibility. You’ll improve your range of motion and balance, as well as strengthen your body’s connective tissue and tendons. Doing so can mean a decreased risk of falling or injury.
4. Improved Quality of Life
A well-rounded strength training routine with a variety of exercise can improve both your health and your quality of life. Strength training can make your daily activities easier to do while protecting you from injury. Everyday activities like carrying groceries up three flights of stairs, picking up your kids, or going for a hike with a friend get easier.
If you’re new to strength training or you’re not sure how to get started, the certified kinesiologists at Peak! Family Health & Wellness in Paradise can help. We’ll make sure you get started on the right track and with proper form. To learn more, contact us today.