Strength training (aka resistance training) “is a method of improving muscular strength by gradually increasing the ability to resist force through the use of free weights, machines, or ones own bodyweight.” Traditionally when one thinks of lifting weights the thought of Arnie or Ronnie Coleman may come to mind, but now strength training has become increasingly popular with various sports (i.e. bodybuilding, olympic lifting, powerlifting, rugby, running, football, etc) being composed entirely of strength training or including it in their training plans.
Today I thought I would cover 5 reasons why everyone should include strength training into their workout routines:
- Beneficial to your overall health and fitness levels = stronger muscles and joints means making every day tasks much easier (i.e carrying shopping bags, climbing stairs and playing with children). Strength training can also help to fight against the loss of muscle tissue that occurs when we age as well as increasing bone density. This type of training also helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Improves body composition = Strength training allows you to lose fat while retaining muscle mass. “While cardio is effective for burning fat through calorie expenditure, nothing is better when it comes to increasing muscle size and strength than strength training.”
- Improves sports performance = strength training can help athletes to improve speed, power, coordination and balance which translates into improved performance for their particular sport.
- Improves mood and boosts energy levels = strength training can help to counter off feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. It also leads to increased energy levels which can contribute to the improvement of our mood.
- You feel badass = This point speaks for itself
Just some food for thought