5 Benefits of Strength/Resistance Training

Resistance Training, also known as Strength Training, is when you use external resistance – such as weights – to cause your muscles to contract.

strength-trainingThere’s a common misconception that resistance/strength training is for body builders or people who want to bulk up.

But actually it can benefit people of all ages and can be particularly useful for people with health issues, such as arthritis and heart conditions.

It benefits your heart, improves your balance, helps you lose weight and makes you look and feel better.

This is why we love strength/ resistance training…

1 Improves your fitness & makes you stronger
Resistance training improves aerobic fitness, muscular strength and muscular endurance. As you get stronger you can  increase your weight to ensure that your muscles are continually challenged.

2 It will tone your whole body
Resistance training will help you achieve strength and introduce lean body muscle conditioning without creating bulk.

3 Improves bone health
A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that 16 weeks of resistance training increased bone density and elevated bone growth. In a different study, postmenopausal women who participated in a strength training programme for a year saw significant increases in their bone density in the spine.

4. Boosts your energy levels & makes you happy
Strength training will elevate your level of endorphins and make you feel great. A research study has found that people who took part in three weight workouts a week for six months were happier and less angry overall.

5 You burn calories
More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat. That’s because after each strength workout, your muscles need energy to repair their fibres. According to research, women who follow a weight-training routine three times a week increase the amount of calories they burn in normal daily activity, in addition to those burned during exercise.

Who doesn’t want to look better, feel better and live a longer, healthier life? As qualified level 3 Fitness professionals we can design a strength-training programme that will be safe and effective for you.

Check out Fight Fit Tone and Fight Fit PT.