Importance of Resistance Training

21 12 2010

 

What is Resistance training?

It  is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. The external resistance can be dumbbells, rubber exercise tubing, your own body weight, bricks, bottles of water, or any other object that causes the muscles to contract.

Most people believe that by doing resistance training, the body will grow bigger. Actually it does not have to. Resistance training is simply about increasing the strength of the body, not always it’s size. Resistance training basically strengthens the muscles and leans the body. It is beneficial for anyone!

However This kind of training must be properly done. It requires commitment and consistency. It will have to be done in a regular basis, following a schedule that your personal trainer would recommend. If done incorrectly, the benefits of a strength training program may not be enjoyed and it can even result the injury.

Benefits of strength training:

  • Increased Bone Mineral Density
    Bones are constantly remodeling. The bone tissues break down at the same time they build up. The peak rebuilding time is during puberty. But as a person ages, there may be problems with the bone mineral density as activity and hormone levels change also. This is especially a problem to post-menopausal women whose changing hormones can actually rob the bone off mineral content. Osteroporosis is a thinning of the bone mass that can result in bones easily breaking. Bone mineral density is usually supported by the hormones. To address the problem of not having the hormones to maintain the bone mineral density, physical activity is the next best option. Resistance training is one physical activity that can address this.
  • Increased Strength
    Strong bones and strong muscles will be developed as you undergo resistance training.
  • Increased Range of Activities
    You are strong enough to carry some considerable weight, then you will also be capable of doing more strenuous activities. You will feel energized and actually want to live a more active lifestyle.
  • Reduced Body Fat
    It is a proven fact that muscle burns more calories at rest than fat. Not only will resistance training build fat burning muscle, but fat is also being burnt as you workout. Your muscle tone will improve, fat will be reduced and the shape of your body will improve. Be sure to combine some aerobic exercise into your workout routine.
  • Improved Mobility for Seniors
    Elderly people that undergoing a resistance training program will help improve their health and decrease the risks brought about by old age. They can be more independent, without needing to rely on other people for doing simple things. A weak body is much more at risk for injury and prone to injury causing accidents such as falls.
  • Improve Heart Condition
    Resistance training can result in a lowered heart rate and lowered blood pressure, especially after exercise. The risk of heart diseases is reduced to a considerable extent.


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