Muscle loss, osteoporosis, and dementia can wreak havoc on your body as you get older. Strength training is the best way to ensure your physical health doesn’t deteriorate as you age.
Why take up strength training?
Improve joint function
Increase muscle mass
Full-body workouts make every muscle strong and keep your joints flexible.
Strong muscles make your joints more flexible. This might seem counterintuitive, but strong muscles don’t have to mean stiff joints. Strengthening your entire body increases range of motion in your hips, ankles, and shoulders. In fact, studies have shown that people who strength train regularly have increased flexibility in their joints compared to those who don’t.
Poor posture can lead to back pain and joint dysfunction. Regular strength training improves the way you sit and stand.
If you’re one of the many people who sit or stand in place for long periods of time, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Sitting or standing in the same position all day leads to back pain and joint dysfunction.
Regular strength training improves the way you sit and stand. More importantly, regular strength training improves the number of ways you are able to sit and stand. Improving posture has been shown to help with longevity, energy levels, weight loss, and overall productivity.
Strength training is vital for lifelong weight control because muscle tissue burns more calories than fat does.
Strength training is a vital for lifelong weight control because muscle tissue burns more calories than fat does. Muscle tissue is lean and metabolically active, meaning it requires more energy to maintain than fat does.
So how much extra calories do you burn by lifting weights? The answer depends on your body type, gender and the frequency of your workouts. For example, a 150-pound woman who trains with weights three times per week can expect to burn an additional 100-200 calories per workout—and if she lifts five days per week, she can increase her metabolism by around 200-600 calories per day. A man who weighs the same amount will burn about 20% more calories during each training session (about 120) but may experience only half as much fat loss due to his higher lean body mass percentage
Regular strength training improves energy and makes everyday activities easy.
It’s not just your muscles that benefit from strength training. Your bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons all get a boost when you lift weights. The result is improved balance and posture, which means fewer falls (especially for older adults) and less back pain.
Strength training increases energy levels by building muscle mass and increases your metabolism. It also sharpens the mind. Studies show that even light weightlifting gives people a mental edge on those who don’t exercise regularly. When you’re strong physically and alert mentally, everyday tasks become easier and your productivity skyrockets.
Building muscle makes you stronger, sexier, and healthier in all areas of life.
Strength training uses weights or resistance bands to build muscle. It’s good for anyone who wants to lose weight or maintain their healthy weight. Beyond weight loss, strength training improves your posture, lengthens your life span, improves your overall health, and increases your sex appeal.
Strength training burns fat. When you lift weights at least two or three times a week, your body uses fat instead of carbohydrates as fuel. After every workout, you burn more calories than usual and shed excess pounds. In addition to keeping a healthy weight, being strong improves posture and makes it easier to get around.
Your posture reflects your confidence. Squats, lunges, and other weighted exercises strengthen the muscles of the pelvis and spine that keep you upright. Improved balance and stability prevent back pain by eliminating compensatory movements in areas where nerves cross paths between different vertebrae levels within our spinal column. Healthy bodies have options. Your posture is your starting point that gives you options for how many different ways you can sit, stand, move, and maintain a healthy pain-free body for life.
Strength training brings lifelong benefits that nothing else can. Being strong is the ultimate life hack for longevity. It’s never too late to start lifting weights.
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