When you come to Iron Fit here in San Antonio, expect to do strength training. Whether you’re a man or a woman, there are huge benefits that aids a healthier lifestyle. If you’re working out to shed weight, it’s the top type of exercise for results. However, even people that don’t need to shed a pound benefit from it. Weight training provides benefits regardless of gender. Even though some women consider it as a workout for men, that’s just not true. More recent studies show that women may actually get more benefits from strength training than men do, both as a weight loss tool and an aid for maintaining good health.
Keep injuries at bay with strength training.
It’s called strength training for a reason. Of course, the reason is that it makes you stronger. That improved strength not only helps you lift more with less chance of injury, it also improves your balance, posture and coordination. There are numerous studies that show that people who use strength training have fewer falls, and injuries from falls, than those who don’t. In fact, one study showed it reduced the risk of falls by almost 40 percent! For those who are younger, it can mean less time off the job and for seniors, it could mean the difference between living on your own or moving to an assisted living arrangement or nursing home.
When you keep your muscles strong, you keep your bones strong, too.
Strong muscles pull and tug at the bone, so the body reinforces that bone to make it stronger. If you lose muscle tissue, a condition called sacopenia, the bone actually loses calcium, which leads to osteoporosis. Strength building workouts not only boost muscle tissue, they also help keep bones strong. Almost all studies show that strength building workouts can help prevent bone loss and some studies show it can even reverse it.
Osteoporosis and sacopenia aren’t the only conditions that strength training helps.
If you have insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes, it’s no news that switching to a healthier lifestyle can make a huge difference. Adding strength training to your workout regimen can help you use insulin more effectively and not only help reverse insulin resistance, but also help prevent type 2 diabetes. It can help reduce the pain that comes from arthritis. In fact, several studies show it’s more effective than pain medication.
- If you want to get rid of that sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach that comes from stress, consider adding strength training to your workout. It burns off the hormones of stress and helps you feel great again.
- You might not think that doing heavy lifting can build your energy level, but you’d be wrong. It takes a few weeks, but you’ll start feeling the difference. Before you know it, you’ll be zipping through your day.
- You’ll build muscle tissue when you workout with weights or do strength training exercises. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue does, so you’ll boost your metabolism.
- Strength training not only helps lower blood pressure, it also creates less stress on the heart than you might have if you used aerobic training. It’s a heart healthy way to exercise.