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12 Reasons to Strength Train

12 Reasons to Strength Train

Strength training isn’t just about body builders and gym rats lifting heavy weights in the gym. Strength training is an important component to an overall fitness routine. Here are some reasons why you should incorporate strength training in your weekly exercise regimen:

1. Increases metabolism so you burn more calories while resting.

2. Several studies have shown the benefits of strength training on sleep quality, which is particularly improved when combined with aerobic exercise.

3. Improves cardiovascular health. Strength training has been shown to lower “bad cholesterol” and blood pressure.

4. Don’t forget your abs! A stronger core leads to better posture. Our core muscles help us stand straighter, perform activities of daily living, and stabilize our trunk during workouts.

5. Natural antidepressant. Strength training increases endorphins, boosts dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

6. Fat Burning. Research has shown that lifting weights increases lipolysis (the breakdown of fats) due to it’s effect on specific hormones (e.g., epinephrine, norepinephrine and growth hormone).

7. Muscle mass reduces mortality as we age. By 80 years of age, sedentary people will lose 50% of their muscles mass. Stop, prevent, reverse bone and muscle loss.

8. 2 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes. Strength training can balance blood glucose levels and enhance insulin sensitivity.

9. Strength training can offer some relief to individuals with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can support and protect joints while potentially easing pain, stiffness, and swelling.

10. Relieve neck pain by strengthening the neck and shoulders. Check out this article for some exercises to try out!

11. Natural Appetite Suppressant. Curb cravings with reduced ghrelin – the hunger hormone.

12. Decreases oxidative stress – leading to decreased cancer risk.

Gym still closed? Don’t have weights at home? You can still build strength by doing bodyweight exercises!

Try out this beginner bodyweight workout (3 circuits):

20 Bodyweight squats.
10 Push-ups.
10 Walking lunges (each leg).
10 Dumbbell rows (use a milk jug or other weight).
15 Second Plank.
30 Jumping jacks.