I received a lot of helpful responses on yesterday’s posts about my fears of strength training over cardio, so I just wanted to say thank you! I really appreciate all the feedback and encouragement as I try to step out of my comfort zone.
Jessie from Jessie Loves 2 Run suggested I look up the benefits of strength training to help put my fear aside, which I think is a great idea! I’m always interested in learning more about health.
Keep in mind my expertise lies in nutrition and not exercise science, and this is simply research I have done online myself.
Benefits of Strength Training
From Every Day Health
- Protects bone and muscle mass
- Plays a role in disease prevention –> improves glucose control to lower the risk of diabetes
- Increases energy levels and improves your mood
- Can boost your metabolism by 15%
From Mayo Clinic
- Improves balance
- Can reduce the signs and symptoms of back pain, arthritis, heart disease, and obesity
- Improves attention and focus
From the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Can reduce the signs and symptoms of depression –> provides improvements similar to anti-depressant medications
- Improves sleep quality
- Can slow aging
- Resolves metabolic disorders
- Increases brain usage –> keeps the brain active
- Helps decrease visceral fat (the dangerous fat that surrounds your organs)
- “Using one’s own body weight in exercise such as yoga and Pilates, has shown to prompt muscular remodeling almost as readily as has working with weight machines” –> Yay Blogilates!!
Did I leave anything out? What are some of your favorite benefits of strength training?