A well-rounded fitness program is made up of endurance training, balance and flexibility exercises, and strength training movements. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends strength training at least two days each week.
Here are a few reasons why you should regularly strength train:
1. Increased Muscle Mass
Muscle mass helps with maintaining your body’s metabolic rate. The more muscle mass you have, the faster your resting metabolic rate. With more muscle mass, you’ll burn more calories throughout the day – even when you’re at rest. As we age, our muscle mass naturally begins to decrease. To slow down, maintain, and even increase your lean body mass, strength training can help.
2. Increased Bone Density
Strength training helps to increase your body’s muscle mass, and it also increases your bone density. Weight-bearing exercise, like strength training, enables you to increase your bone density and strength. With stronger and denser bones, your risk for bone fractures, osteopenia, and osteoporosis decreases.
3. Improved Flexibility & Balance
Strength training also improves joint flexibility. By incorporating a variety of strength training exercises multiple times throughout the week, you’ll enhance the range of motion of your joints. With more flexibility and movement in your joints, your balance will also improve. As you strengthen and keep your body’s connective tissue and tendons moving well, you’ll have a decreased risk of falling or injury.
4. Improved Quality of Life
A full-body strength training program that includes a variety of exercise improves your health as well as your quality of life. Regular strength training makes it easier to carry out everyday activities while also protecting you from injury. Daily activities like carrying your groceries up multiple flights of stairs, picking up your children, or enjoying a hike with friends are much more manageable.
If you’re new to strength training and unsure of how to get started, 265 Point in Matthews can help. We’ll get you started on the right track and with proper form. To learn more about our program offerings, contact us today.