Ever hear of those lucky few who eat what they want (or at least relatively healthy) and just stay the same weight without exercise? Then, of course, there is the other side that sure they should lose a few pounds but are without disease or painful symptoms, so why change what isn’t broken right?
Well I’m not here to judge life choices and everyone is entitled to enjoy or hate exercise and weight/strength training (believe me there are days I don’t love exercising, like say Football Sundays). I am here to motivate, support and educate healthy life practices and I suppose if someone were to take my advice I would have to practice what I preach.
Think about your body as a car. You can get a car wash and have the car look good. Say you want to buy that used car. Are you buying it purely on appearance? I doubt it. You want to know the mileage, repairs, cylinders, interior leakage/damage, electrical condition, etc. Aesthetically you may very well appreciate the car from the outside but when you hear it has 150,000 miles, needs a new exhaust/AC, clutch, inside paneling you will probably make a more responsible purchase.
Your body may appear, from the outside, to be healthy. You may feel fine. But if you are not training your muscles or supplying your body with nutrient-dense foods to fuel this routine, you will most likely fall into a health problem. Whether it be an orthopedic condition like a muscle strain from that time you have to overexert weak tissues like moving homes or a fracture from a fall because you don’t have dense tissue or bone to absorb impact or perhaps you experience a more painful neurological condition which occurs because of faltering mechanics or alignment from day in and day out sitting at a desk. I see it every day as a physical therapist, friends.
Here are 5 reasons to strength train
1. Builds Bone Density
Vast majority of research supports resistance training as a very effective means to increase bone density.
2. Protects Joints
Increased muscle mass helps distribute forces between bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments from extraneous forces like gravity, body weight and ground reactions to protect joints from early breakdown.
3. Burns Calories
By increasing muscle density, some research has shown to improve resting metabolism rate (RMR), one of three primary components of total daily energy expenditure. The others include thermic effect of physical activity and thermic effect of feeding.
4. Makes you move more efficiently
Increased strength improves power output which correlates with improved efficiency as measured by the ratio of mechanical work to total metabolic cost (calculated by oxygen consumption). In layman’s terms, muscle mass improves efficiency for the work being done and the greater the oxygen utilization.
5. You Look Great!
If I do say so myself…
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