RESISTANCE TRAINING IS A KEY PART OF ANY FITNESS PROGRAM, AND HAS A VARIETY OF BENEFITS OTHER THAN JUST MAKING YOU LOOK BETTER. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF TRAINING WITH WEIGHTS:
—Helps with everyday tasks. Stronger muscles will assist with the most basic of activities, from carrying heavy bags to bending down to lift things.
—The feel good factor. Exercise not only boosts your physical heath but your mental health as well.
—Lower body weight training affects your entire body and helps posture and structural imbalances. Your feet and calves have the taskof supporting the entire upper body. Lower body imbalances can negatively affect the whole body.
For example, a weaker interior portion of the calf can cause the knees to bend inward or internally rotate, and alter your stance and walking pattern. Exercise can remove these weaknesses and improve alignment of the spine.
—Training also helps prevent injuries in daily activities and sport. The reason for most injuries is due to weak stabilizer muscles. Training helps strengthen joints, ligaments and connective tissue. It also improves the bodies’ range of motion, which means you can jump higher and run faster.
—Helps manage chronic health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease and nagging back pains.
—Helps develop stronger bones and joints by increasing bone density and reducing the risk of diseases, such as osteoporosis.
—Increases calorie burn and heart rate. This is a great post-workout advantage.
—Increases the bodies BMR (base metabolic rate). This causes the body to burn more calories when not in the gym, greatly facilitating weight loss.
—Lowers blood pressure – one workout can lower blood pressure for up to 15 hours!
–Boosts alertness, attention and focus. This is because strength training increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain