Don’t shy away from weight training, it is good for you. Resistance training is one of the best forms of training to incorporate into your fitness regimen and brings many benefits that contribute to your general health and energy levels. Weights training is often perceived as a more male-orientated fitness workout but it shouldn’t be. The profound health benefits of weight training for women are just as powerful! In this blog post we discuss the positive effects of weight training to our physiological processes and how resistance workouts can enhance the way you live.
Get Stronger, Sculpt your Shape & say Goodbye to Fatigue.
If you are new to weights training, scrap any rumours you have heard before you begin. You may have heard that lifting damages your joints and creates too much of a muscular appearance but this is simply not the case if you know what you are doing. Your weights program should be tailored to help you meet your fitness objectives faster and generate physical and mental results almost instantly.
To make it simple, we have listed 7 strong benefits of weight training:
1. FAT LOSS / WEIGHT LOSS
This may surprise you but weight training has been proven to help you burn more calories when contrasted with cardiovascular fitness exercises. Through lifting you can lose weight faster and your body will continue to burn calories even after your session has ended. Sound too good to be true? After a heavy bout of strength training your body continues to consume additional oxygen and this process is referred to as ‘excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. As direct results of EPOC you will also notice a significant boost in your metabolism and an increased calorific expenditure.
2. INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS
Resistance training brings back balance to your ever-changing energy levels and provides the consistency you need to be more productive and focused for longer. Even after a minimal resistance weights training session you will notice a long-lasting energy boost which proves a much healthier option than the sugar rush our bodies often demand. You can still be feeling the benefits hours or even days after your workout. Weight lifting also works as a natural antidepressant producing regular flow of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
3. HEALTHIER HEART
According to numerous research studies including a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, risk of heart disease and other cardio related illnesses is decreased in those who practice weight training. It was shown that resting heart rate and blood pressure levels are always far less the following day. Maintain a healthy heart through regular weight-lifting.
4. STRENGTH TRAINING
Putting it simply, the more lean muscle mass you have, the more muscle contractions you will experience and the more contractions you experience daily, the more calories you burn. Through weight lifting you increase lean muscle mass which in turn allows you to burn calories more efficiently thereafter. With the right professional weight training guidance you will start to notice an increase in strength after just 2 or 3 sessions. Other physical exercises you enjoy such as running, yoga or martial arts training become instantly easier to conquer and everyday life tasks such as carrying shopping bags become effortless. When you feel physically strong, mentally you are also stronger.
5. HEALTHIER BONES
Unfortunately we cannot escape the natural aging process of the human lifecycle but we can make it easier for ourselves by having a good understanding of our own unique physiology and how we can maximise our health in the long-run. Growing old does not mean you have to grow weak; weight training helps you maintain muscle and bone mass, as well as decreasing risk of osteoporosis in women. Studies have proved that the earlier you lift in life, the higher your chances of maintaining a healthy bone mass into your older age.
6. SCULPT YOUR FIGURE
Through strength training you can build your curves however you choose. As you build muscle in the right places and lose fat in others you will start creating a strong and healthy figure you can be proud of. In other forms of endurance exercises you can lose weight but you can also lose muscles mass as part of that weight loss. This may make you slimmer but it does not necessarily make you stronger and you could lose your curves all together. On the other hand, if you don’t have curves and you want a bit more of an hourglass figure, weights will help you to achieve this!
7. STRESS RELIEF / BETTER SLEEP
Research studies consistently show that exercise is a great way to manage your stress levels. In particular, moderate weight training has been proven to also improve memory and cognitive function. By including regular moderate strength training into your fitness regimen you will notice an all-round calmer and more focused you. Weight training on a regular basis also helps you sleep deeper and wake up better.
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