The Amazing Benefits of Strength Training

The Amazing Benefits of Strength Training

Cardio is fab for keeping your heart healthy, building up stamina and losing weight. Strength training shouldn’t be forgotten however. There are a whole host of benefits to reap from a strength training workout.

1.Stronger bones.

We all lose bone density as we get older. Women, in particular need to take particular care of their bones as they tend to have smaller bones and then with the onset of menopause oestrogen levels drop dramatically, leading to weaker bones.

Adding strength training to a workout counter-acts this bone density loss.

2.Fired up metabolism

When you do strength work you increase the amount of muscle on your body. As muscles are basically a giant calorie burner, using up your calories and nutrients, your metabolism improves, allowing you to burn fat even when you’re resting.

3.Improved heart health 

We’ve already talked about the benefits of cardio, but resistance training is an equally good way to increase your heart rate.

The more you lift, the better your body gets at transporting oxygen so your heart becomes stronger.

4.Elevated mood

Anything that makes you look better, naturally makes you feel better.

And strength training will give your body more definition and tone. Exercise is a great mood booster in itself, and with the added bonus of bigger muscles, you’ll be feeling great!

5.Better sleep 

Your body uses the time you are asleep to repair itself, so after a weight training session, you should sleep better as your body works to rebuild itself.

Aim for eight hours per night.

6.Quicker mind

Strength training has been linked to better cognitive function, particularly in older adults. Any exercise will help to keep your brain healthy, but resistance training might be even better! 

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Brittany T.
26 June 2018

Brittany T.

even in my 20s people are talking about how important it is to preserve bone health for women. I know osteoporosis is in the family so there is a strong incentive to work with the weights.

Charlie M.
6 June 2018

Charlie M.

I didn't know that there were mental benefits - apart from the smug feeling of lifting more than I could previously. Good news!

Michael A.
5 June 2018

Michael A.

Amazing that strength training can be good for the mind. Who would have thought it. It definitely helps burn more calories though cos I can eat more than before and still not put on weight.

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