In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I think that strength training is pretty awesome. However, you shouldn’t take my word for it. Instead, you should discover all of the amazing benefits of strength training for yourself.
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Check out this list of the top reasons why strength training is your best bet to create a new you in the New Year!
Look Buff In The Buff
Strength training will make you look good naked. How? By increasing your lean muscle mass and decreasing your body fat. In fact, strength training is ridiculously effective at doing both of these things, more so than any other type of exercise.
Strength training not only helps you maintain your musculature while dieting, but it also boosts your metabolism for up to 38 hours after you complete your workout. If those reasons aren’t awesome enough to get you to pick up the closest heavy object right now, then consider what strength training can do for your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). For every one pound of muscle you gain via strength training, your RMR increases by approximately 30-50 calories.
Feel As Good As You Look
Strength training will not only make you look better, it will also make you feel better. Strength training truly gives you the healthiest benefits for your workout buck.
Here are just some of the incredible things it can do for all body types: increase bone density, decrease blood pressure, halt muscle loss, control blood sugar, decrease cholesterol, improve balance, enhance blood flow, and strengthen the heart.
Get A Brain Boost
Strength training also has the awesome power to put you in or enhance a good mood. If you find yourself stressed or anxious, lifting weights will lift your spirits.
Additionally, strength training has the power to strengthen more than just your body. It’s been proven to increase cognitive function, so it can actually make you smarter. Of course, looking better naked has a way of strengthening your confidence, too.
Protect Against Disease
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men? Well, not amongst strength trainers, it isn’t. Cardiologists recommend strength training for good reasons.
Strength training not only prevents heart disease, it also improves issues with high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and cholesterol. Finally, strength training is proven to help ease the negative effects of osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, clinical depression, and Parkinson’s disease.