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Importance of Strength Training

April 13, 2019

There are quite a few benefits from strength training. Yes, we all know strength training can help build and maintain muscle mass and of course strength, but not too many of us know that strong muscles also leads to strong, healthy bones. Strength training plays an essential role in bettering your cardiovascular health as well as your mental health.

 

Lowered Injury Risks

"Having a good muscle base is important for all movement, balance, coordination and injury prevention," explains Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, a sports medicine physician with Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California. Numerous studies have shown that strength training can play a role in slow ing bone loss, and several show it can even intensify bone. Strength training, in particular, has bone benefits beyond those offered by aerobic weight-bearing exercise. It aims for bones such as the hips, spine, and wrists, which are areas you're most likely to fracture. Having strong bones will help lower the risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis; which literally makes your bones porous - no pun intended. As we grow older, day to day tasks becomes more and more difficult to overcome. When inactivity, improper nutrition intake and age-related changes all occur, this leads to steel bone mass. As we are aging, our bones are also aging. With that being said, our bones become more fragile and susceptible to fracture.

 

Better Cardiovascular Health

              Some essential organs, including the heart, have abdominal fat that sits in and around them. Because of that, it's certainly a good idea to try preventing or reducing any extra abdominal fat by strength training. This will improve your heart health remarkably. In a 2013 research in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows that young men who regularly strength train have better-functioning HDL, or good cholesterol when compared to those who never pump iron. Regular day to day movements can aid your muscles to absorb more glucose. Your mood, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure may improve as well.

 

Strengthened Mental Health

Sure there's lots of research out there showing that exercise can help with depression. Most of them look at aerobic exercises, such as cycling or jogging. Lifting weights do the job just as well. Lifting weights consistently diminish the symptoms of depression.  In a paper published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers prove just that just getting the training done, regardless of the amount of strength gained, seemed to help. Additionally, strength training was reported to make people feel better immediately after completing a workout. Although the data referenced in the paper shows there is surely a link between strength training and decreased signs of depression, there are no details about why exactly this is the case. There is an article I found online that really seemed to grab my attention. In this essay, Andrew Lewis discusses his day to day depression and what he does to cope with it. He really expresses how it's like when he's in a state of depression then, after workouts he's up and moving and feels way better than before. Both mentally and physically.

Check out the essay >>>>

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