Exercise Motivation: 10 Benefits Of Strength Training

Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 9:11am

By Michele Silence, MA

The value of strength training has been touted for years. It makes your body strong, and you look and feel better too. But, what more can it do? Plenty. According to research, resistance training has numerous benefits. Here are just a few:

#1: Healthy bones through exercise

Regular weight bearing exercise and strengthening work can help prevent osteoporosis. Stronger bones lead to a stronger musculoskeletal system-that means you can lift, move and enjoy recreational activities with more ease.

#2: Great posture through muscle conditioning

Conditioned muscles help you lift and hold your body upright better. As a result, you appear taller, more confident and vibrant.

#3: Fewer injuries as muscles are stronger

When muscles are stronger, so are the connective tissues surrounding them. This means the entire muscular system is bolstered, providing protection against injuries caused by weak ligaments, tendons and muscle fibers.

#4: Exercise can raise your metabolism

There’s no better way to increase your metabolism than to develop more muscle mass. Muscle burns a great deal of calories to keep itself alive-even at rest.

#5: Weight training leads to better sports performance

If you want to improve in your sport or activity of choice, start weight training. It’s no secret: Many top-notch athletes use resistance training to enhance their skills. Get your golf score up, increase your running speed or enjoy an easier time dancing. All compliments of strength training.

#6: Faster rehab with strong muscles

If you suffer an injury and keep the other muscles strong, you’ll bounce back quicker.

#7: Improved balance

Regular strength training leads to better muscle control and balance. As a result, you’re less likely to fall. If you do fall, though, your injury will be less severe.

#8: Strength training prevents obesity

When you build muscle, you burn more calories. The calories you burn come from fat. Hence, strength training prevents obesity. And when you keep your body fat down you add years to your life.

#9: Being strong can make life more fun

Your quality of life is enhanced when you’re strong. Whether it’s walking around for two days at Disneyland or rock climbing, you can get out there and enjoy all that life has to offer.

#10: Good exercise prevents a number of ailments associated with aging

Many of the conditions we link to old age are really a result of not exercising and eating healthily. By combining an exercise program of aerobic conditioning with strength training you can grow old gracefully. It may just make the difference between using a wheelchair and pushing one.