Reducing body fat, increasing muscle mass and burning more calories are all goals we have when we workout, right? Proper strength training can help you with each of these goals. Strength training isn’t just for men and women and body builders who “pump iron,” there are many benefits to your overall health and fitness from proper strength training.
Increased Muscle Mass
As your body gets older, you begin to lose muscle mass. Unfortunately, when you lose muscle, you gain fat. By incorporating strength training into your workout routine, you’ll slow down the muscle loss and build lean muscle, which ultimately burns more fat.
Strength training can help you control your weight. As you build muscle strength, you’ll burn more calories which will help you control and even lose weight. Your muscles will even continue to burn calories after your workout.
Manage Pain from Health Conditions
If you suffer from arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease or diabetes, strength training can help you manage your condition. The stronger your muscles are around these conditions, the greater of a chance you have to fight them off.
Better Balance & Flexibility
You may not think of strength training as a way to improve balance and flexibility, but as you build muscles, you’ll notice that your balance and flexibility will become better; which helps reduce your risk of injury.
Build your Mental Strength
Strength training can do more than build your muscles; it can also help build your mental game as well. As you move through the year and continue to work out, you’ll notice that your focus and mental sharpness improves. The coordination that strength training takes keeps your brain in shape and gives you a greater mental awareness for body positioning and body control.
As you fine tune your workout routine for this year, talk to your personal trainer about incorporating strength training. If you don’t have a personal trainer, you can find one at Fitness Together®. A Fitness Together® personal trainer will create strength training routines customized to your goals, ability, and your body. Find a Fitness Together® studio at www.fitnesstogether.com.