Strength Training uses bodyweight and simple modalities to apply load and resistance in order to strengthen the muscular system.
Strength Training is beneficial for everyone but not every body should or will apply the same load, resistance, or range of motion to each exercise. Modifications are encouraged to promote optimal muscle response and movement quality.
Improves Bone Density and Postural Alignment.
When bones are challenged by an external force, they respond by growing stronger. Strength Training triggers this adaptation by helping bones retain their structural integrity over time and reducing the risk of injury, osteopenia, and osteoporosis. This is of special concern for women who make up 80% of osteoporosis cases.
Slows Muscle Loss.
Muscle matters because it maintains our strength and mobility throughout life. Everyone begins losing muscle in their 30’s, but if we regularly activate muscle, we can slow down this process. During Strength Training, we tear down muscle tissue. During recovery, the muscle and surrounding tissue uses protein to repair, strengthen, and grow. The results are stronger and healthier muscles!
Improves Mental Health and Sleep Quality.
Anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue, and depression can all be reduced with Strength Training. As your body gets stronger so does your sense of wellbeing, confidence, self-esteem, body image, mood, memory, mental focus, and cognition. As a bonus, all of these factors plus an improved resting glucose metabolism will directly contribute to a better night’s sleep.
Prevention and Control of Chronic Conditions.
By changing body composition, strengthening blood flow, fighting off inflammation, and regulating blood sugar levels, we can begin to fend off chronic health conditions and reduce the need for medication. Conditions include: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, inflammation, arthritis, back pain, depression, and obesity to name a few. Strength Training is, in fact, the most under-prescribed drug for chronic health conditions.
Promotes Mobility, Balance, and Postural Alignment.
Good stability needs strong muscles primarily in the core, hips, legs, and ankles. By improving muscle tone, we can improve proprioception, balance and overall alignment. Weak muscles can undermine everyday motions such as walking, bending, and turning.
Aids in Weight Management.
When we focus on diet alone, it is estimated that up to 25% of weight lost is muscle. Strength Training changes body composition by increasing muscle and reducing fat. Since muscle burns more than fat, having more muscle means more daily calories (energy) burned. With Strength Training, blood sugar levels are also improved resulting in sustained energy levels, less sluggishness, and less impulsive eating. Movement promotes better nutrition. The likelihood is; If you move well, you’ll fuel well.
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