|Let me first say - It AIN'T just about physique goals!!
There are TONS of science-backed benefits to strength training, I’m going to walk you through the top 9:
Makes you stronger -
Gaining strength makes performing everyday tasks such as carrying groceries so much easier!
Lowers the risk of injury -
Strength training increases the strength, mobility, and range of motion of your muscles and surrounding joints, which decreases your likelihood of falls and many other injuries.
Promotes greater mobility -
Resistance training increases joint range of motion, allowing for increased flexibility and mobility. Studies have found strength training to be just as effective as stretching for increasing range of motion.
Boosts metabolism & burns calories -
Adding muscle mass to your body increases your metabolic rate, which boosts your metabolism and can aid in weight loss if that’s a goal of yours.
Improves brain health and overall quality of life -
Strength training leads to significant improvements in cognitive function & protects against cognitive decline. It's also been shown to improve physical functioning, mental health, pain management, and overall vitality.
Strengthens your bones-
Weighted exercises temporarily put stress on the bones, which forces them to adapt and get stronger. This can reduce your risks of osteoporosis, fractures, and falls!
Boosts mood & self-esteem -
Studies show a significant association between strength training & higher self-esteem, as well as better mental health. Training releases endorphins and teaches us to work towards a goal while overcoming challenges, all of which make us feel better about ourselves.
Manages blood sugar -
Skeletal muscle increases insulin sensitivity & reduces blood sugar levels, which helps in the prevention and management of diabetes.
Improves heart health -
Strength training strengthens the heart and blood vessels which decreases blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and improves circulation.
I know… it’s a LOT right!?
So no. Strength training is definitely not JUST to help you look muscular. It can help you improve all areas of your health!
If you want to get started with a strength training program customized to you and your goals, apply for 1:1 fitness coaching today, and let’s get started.