If you knew that an exercise would help to improve the strength of your bones, sculpt your body and improve your balance, would you do it? Yes, of course. Studies on weight training have shown that it can do this and much more.
Strength training is no longer reserved for buff bodybuilders. Studies have shown that there are many benefits of adding a component of resistance training to your workout. These benefits include:
It helps to keep the weight off for the long-term
For a long time, it was believed that cardio was the best workout for weight loss. However, studies have revealed that weight lifting is more effective in burning fat over the long-term. Increasing your muscle mass will improve the ability of your body to burn fat.
It helps to strengthen and protect your bones
Bone growth comes to a halt after puberty. The opposite begins to occur. Women especially are prone to loss of bone density and strength as they grow older. However, you can put a stop to this and improve the strength and density of your bones through weight lifting.
Improve your strength and endurance
Strength training involves placing a resistant force to the weight. You therefore tone your muscles through by resisting the load. The contraction improves the strength and endurance of your muscles. You will therefore be in better shape and stronger through resistance training.
It plays an important role in disease prevention
Strength training also goes a long way to improve your health. It helps to increase high-density lipoprotein and decrease low-density lipoprotein. It also helps to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer, stress, colds, anxiety and osteoporosis.
How to get the most out of your resistance training
The following are some tips to help you get started on an effective resistance training routine:
Consider private training
If youre just starting out, consider having some private training. This will ensure that you learn proper technique and are therefore able to fully benefit from your workout sessions. Attitude and self motivation will only take you so far - and worse it might just lead to injury. Being introduced to a carefully crafted set of exercises will help hone your skill while just doing random exercises with vigor may propel you unwittingly toward injury.
Its important to warm up before your workout. This increases the circulation of blood to your muscles and improves your range of motion. Youll therefore benefit more from your workout.
This, like the warm up, will improve your range of motion and increase circulation of blood to your muscles.
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