There are many reasons to incorporate strength training into your weekly routine. It will not only help you now but really benefit you as you continue to age.
- Strength training helps improve your metabolism! It helps you build and maintain muscle mass. Muscle is metabolically active tissue, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest. This can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Who doesn't want this?!
- It improves mood and stress levels. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which can help to improve your mood and reduce stress. Strength training also increases levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that help improve mood.
- Strength training improves cognitive function. It increases blood flow to the brain, which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the brain cells. This helps to improve the function of the brain cells and can lead to improvements in memory, attention, and learning. It also improves inflammation in the brain which is linked to cognitive decline.
- Strength training strengthens our bones and joints which helps to increase bone density. This can help to prevent osteoporosis. It also strengthens the muscles and tendons around your joints, which can help to reduce pain and prevent injuries.
It improves balance and coordination. Strength training can help to improve your balance and coordination, which can help you to prevent falls and stay active as you age.
It can help you manage chronic conditions. Strength training can help to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.
If you aren't currently doing any strength training, find a class or look on you tube for some videos to try or please reach out if you have any specific questions.