Have you ever felt a sense of satisfaction after a sweaty strength training session? Doesn’t it make you feel like you have accomplished something? And of course, the body you get after a tough sesh is the icing on the cake. But apart from all this, there is something else that you might be missing out on. Any guesses? Well, we’re talking about the health benefits strength training has to offer.
There is no doubt that if you want to sculpt your body then you have to try strength training. But as it turns out, this form of exercise not just works on the way you look; rather, what it does to your heart, mind, and body is just phenomenal.
Do you know that strength training like weight lifting, swimming, resistance band training, aerobics, etc. is really good for your overall health as it helps in the rehabilitation of your muscles? In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Practice, if you have gone through an injury then doing strength training under proper guidance can recover the problem and help you lead a normal life.
Now you know why we have been vehemently advocating you to adopt strength training and what we have told you is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are seven health benefits of strength training that can help you stay healthy forever:
1. It reduces back pain
Gone are those days when backache used to be a problem in the elderly. Due to long working hours and your desk job, back pain and you might have become inseparable. And in case you have any back ailment then you already yourself know how it affects your daily routine.
According to experts and studies published in the journal Healthcare, doing back exercises has shown wondrous results in curing chronic back pain. It also recommends that eight weeks of aerobics and 12 weeks of HIIT training is something you can go for if you want to rehabilitate your back.
2. It reduces your anxiety
Did you know a new study published in The Laryngoscope says that covid-19 can have an impact on your mental health and can lead to anxiety and depression? Now, what can be a better reason to adopt strength training?
We all know that yoga is one way that can help you deal with anxiety. Thankfully, yoga has many poses that can test your endurance and strength. So, you can actually adopt yoga and tame your anxiety as well.
3. It tames obesity
Any kind of physical activity will hit the fat content in your body hard. But that doesn’t mean that you only have to focus on cardio and ignore strength training. You’ll be glad to know that strength training burns more calories than regular cardio as you need more energy to pull off strength exercises. That’s why you burn more fat.
4. It can help you deal with daytime sleeping
If you can’t finish a day of working from home without a nap or a gigantic cup of coffee, then indulge in some strength training as it can keep you energetic.
Also, according to a study published in the journal of Advances in Preventive Medicine, if the elderly in your home are dealing with sleep apnea (a sleeping disorder) then you must convince them to do some simple yet effective strength exercises.
5. It can greatly aid people with multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an ailment that affects your brain and you end up experiencing symptoms like extreme fatigue, loss of bladder control, ticklish sensation in limbs, and even balance issues. According to a study published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, six months of proper strength training might also help you manage this disorder better. The study recommends doing resistance training in case of multiple sclerosis.
6. Reduces bone loss
Osteopenia is a bone loss problem that later on can lead to osteoporosis in later life. Improving bone density is not a quick fix kind and that’s why you need to work on it today so that you can reduce your risk in the long run.
According to a journal called Bone, adopting different strength training exercises and eating the right kind of diet are the two essentials for better bone health.
7. It improves your blood sugar level
To prevent type-2 diabetes staying physically active is very important because it impacts your blood sugar level. In type-2 diabetes patients, the rate at which insulin is produced is very low. That’s why even the American Diabetes Association says that while cardio helps your body manage insulin, strength training reduces insulin resistance.
Also, another study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism says that building muscles help in maintaining a healthy level of sugar in your body.
So, get those resistance bands and dumb-bells out now and get ready for some real health benefits, apart from a sculpted body.