Strength training is for everyone. Young, old, male, female - everyone can benefit from adding strength exercises into their physical activity routine.
Not convinced strength training is right for you? Keep reading for 5 reasons to reconsider that notion.
1. Maintain Metabolic Rate
Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories. Your body is constantly burning calories, even when you are asleep. But over time, our metabolic rate tends to decline - meaning as we age our bodies hang on to calories and store them as fat.
By adding strength training you can counteract this natural decline in metabolic rate. Strength training promotes muscle mass and muscle mass increases your metabolic rate.
So if you are interested in controlling your weight or losing weight, consider adding strength training 2-3 times per week.
2. Improve Muscle Tone
Many of my clients are interested in losing weight. Others are more concerned with toning muscle. Strength training helps you build and keep lean muscle mass which contributes to a more toned definition of the muscle.
Remember that muscles can be strong even underneath body fat. So, even if you can't see it - doesn't mean it isn't there.
3. Promote Balance
Strength training can help maintain and improve your balance. Without realizing it, we use balance every day. And as we get older balance becomes even more important to prevent falls.
If the goal of your strength training is to improve your balance, try different exercises using single leg or single arm because it will challenge your coordination while making you stronger.
4. Prevent Insulin Resistance
Did you know that building muscle can help to prevent insulin resistance or Type II diabetes? Muscle helps the uptake of glucose (sugar), so the more muscle you have the more sugar the muscle will consume.
Along with diet, a strength routine can help prevent or improve Type II diabetes. It's never too early to start thinking about your long-term health and disease prevention.
5. Break Up the Cardio Routine
If you've been doing cardio nonstop you're probably starting to feel bored with your routine. Or maybe you've stopped experiencing all the benefits of your exercise routine.
This is a great opportunity to try a strength circuit! Start by adding a few strength exercises twice and week. It will break up the monotony of the cardio and might even improve how you feel on those cardio days.
Start Now, Get Strong
So now you have at least 5 reasons to start strength training. And starting that routine doesn't have to be daunting. Small, incremental steps will give you the results you want over time.
Need help building a strength training routine? Or want advice on how to improve your results with your existing routine? Contact me! As a health coach and fitness professional, I am here to help.
You can also find information on how to start an exercise routine from my WTW video - HERE.