Strength Training Benefits are Numerous
Strength training is often confused with training for muscle bulking. Muscle bulking is the practice of performing heavy repetitions while consuming a higher amount of daily calories in order to build larger muscles. Strength training has a completely different focus and objectives, and is actually recommended for adults well into their senior years. Let’s take a deeper look into the benefits of strength training for your body.
What is strength training?
Strength training utilizes both isotonic and isometric resistance. Isotonic strength training is lifting weights or performing other movements against resistance in order to cause muscular contraction. Isometric resistance is applying force against an immovable object. Exercising with both of these types of resistance contributes to increased muscle strength and helps maintain proper bone health as well.
Increased muscle health
Strength training builds lean muscle mass that helps keeps you healthy and strong. People often report that they feel stronger and more energetic after adopting a well designed strength training program. Strength training can can also help you maintain a target weight as well. A certain amount of calories are required to maintain your muscle mass, and a higher percentage of lean muscle vs. body fat results in higher calorie use, even when you are at rest. In other words, the more muscle you have, the more you can eat without gaining weight.
Increased bone health
The importance of maintaining good bone health is often overlooked until it is too late. Strength training is well known to prevent, stop, and potentially reverse bone degeneration which often occurs in the later years, as a lifetime of accumulated wear and tear takes its toll on the skeletal system. Of course, if you have a current bone health concern, follow the treatment guidelines provided by your physician, and check with him or her before beginning any type of new exercise activity.