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Strength Training: The Body You Have Always Wanted

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Want a nice firm, defined body?  If you answered yes to this question, then it is time to start strength training!  Strength training is important for a strong, healthy body and should always be a major component of any exercise program.

What is strength training?
Strength training is performing an exercise that places resistance against the muscles. Ideally, it involves precise, controlled movements to target specific muscle groups.  Strength training is usually synonymous with weight training.  But, it can also be associated with isometric training, plyometrics, pilates and yoga.


What is strength training good for?
Strength training improves your muscle strength by developing your skeletal muscles, but it doesn’t just tone up your muscles and give you that body you have always wanted.  It will also:

  1. Prevent injuries:  With strength training you will acquire stronger muscles, tendons and ligaments which are less likely to succumb under physical stress and cause injury.
  2. Prevent certain medical conditions:  Strength training can help prevent the onset and slow down the progress of osteoporosis, lower your blood pressure and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
  3. Increase your strength:  With increased strength you will be able to lift heavier items easier and walk up stairs with greater ease. Essentially anything physical you do now, will become easier to do.
  4. Reduce joint pain:  Strength training can reduce back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas, thereby supporting them better and taking pressure off the joints.
  5. Increase walking safety as people age:  Increased strength can improve your posture, balance, stability, and flexibility to help prevent falls.
  6. Improves your appearance:  Strength training helps you build a firmer, tighter body, burn fat and even help with some of those problem areas we all have.

Does strength training help weight loss?
Also, for those wanting to lose weight, strength training can help decrease body fat by boosting your metabolism.  With a faster metabolism, you will burn more calories even at rest because it is your muscles that burn fat.  So, the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn.

If you’re expecting weight to start dropping off right away though, you might be disappointed.  Initially, when starting a strength training program, your overall weight may not change, but you will be burning off fat and building muscle.  Since muscle is denser than fat, you will be getting smaller, even while your weight isn’t changing much.  Over time, you will notice your measurements and body fat decreasing.  And after some muscle has been built up, your weight will start to drop. Isn’t that a nice thought?

With all these benefits that strength training provides, it should definitely be an important component of your exercise routine.  So, stop neglecting strength training and start building a better, healthier you!

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  1. Rosy says:

    Great info, Talli. For years, I avoid weight training, just didn’t want to look like a guy. I know, silly, but sadly true. I have since known better. Thanks.

  2. Mark says:

    I love this! I am a big fan of strength training! Include some cardio and results follow!

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