The “weight” is over – Five reasons to start bodybuilding

Strength training, also known as resistance training, is any physical activity designed to improve muscle strength and physical condition by exercising a specific muscle group against resistance, including weight machines and your own body weight.

The important thing that everyone should know is that strength training isn’t just about bodybuilders lifting weights in a gym. Regular resistance training is good for people of all ages and fitness levels to help prevent the natural loss of lean muscle mass that accompanies aging. It may also benefit people with chronic health conditions, such as obesity, arthritis, or heart disease.

Here are five benefits of strength training.

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    Improves strength

    It’s more obvious, but strength training improves our strength. As we age, muscles begin to break down. A consistent muscle building routine will counteract this.

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    Protects bone health

    Around the age of 30, we begin to lose up to 3-5% of lean muscle mass per decade. Including 30 minutes twice a week of high-intensity resistance may improve functional performance, as well as bone density, especially in postmenopausal women with low bone mass.

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    3

    Increases metabolism

    Any type of exercise will temporarily boost our metabolism. However, with strength training, our metabolism goes into overdrive after our workout is over. This happens to repair muscle fibers that have been damaged during training. As we build more muscle mass, our body needs more calories to maintain that muscle, allowing us to eat more calories without storing them as fat.

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    Improves body mechanics

    Strength training over time improves your balance, coordination, and posture. A strong core is the key to having a highly functional body. Balance depends on the strength of the muscles that keep you upright.

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    Increases energy levels and improves your mood

    Any exercise boosts the mood because it increases endorphins. However, research shows that strength training, in particular, has a positive effect on neurochemical and neuromuscular responses. In other words, it improves our brain function, so we don’t just look better, we think better too!

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