Strength training is any exercise or physical movement which increases your muscular endurance, strength, or muscle mass. Here are some benefits of regular strength training.
1. Makes you stronger, duh obviously, but this, in turn, makes everyday activities and chores easier. Carrying your groceries inside or even things like getting out of bed when you’re older. Furthermore, if you are an athlete, this is the number one trait you want to increase (strength) to help you perform better at your sport.
2. Makes you burn more calories. Building and maintaining muscle mass requires more caloric intake which in turn raises your daily caloric quota, meaning you can eat more. Also, strength training directly increases your metabolic rate because you require more calories.
3. It reduces the risk of injury. As you get stronger you are able to support your body more and your body becomes more resilient. Apart from increasing the strength of your muscles, strength training increases the strength and durability of your ligaments and tendons which literally hold your body together.
4. Improves mobility and decreases muscular imbalances in the body which in turn helps with pains like in the lower back or knees. Proper strength training with good form will help you increase your ranges of motion in different areas of the body which in turn will increase your overall mobility. Also correcting muscular imbalances like having a stronger core and glutes will help to ease lower back and knee pain.
5. Makes your bones stronger. Resistance training or any weight-bearing exercises increases your bone density and makes them stronger. This is especially crucial as you age.
6. Boosts your mood and mental health. Of course, looking better will build up your self-esteem and make you feel better about yourself, but strength training also plays a big part in releasing endorphins which help in reducing anxiety and having a good mood in general.
7. Decreases your blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of developing diabetes. skeletal muscles help increase insulin sensitivity. It also reduces blood sugar levels by removing glucose from the blood and sending it to muscle cells. As a result, greater muscle mass can help with blood sugar management.