Strength Training for a Better You

Arthur Saxon performing a bent press.

Different people have on their own fitness routine aimed at achieving a personal goal, whether in terms of health, fitness or appearance. Strength training is an essential part of any routine, and therefore a necessary ingredient in achieving your goals alongside with cardiovascular and flexibility trainings. Building up muscle strength improves posture, metabolism and enhances movements of the joints.

Workouts that focus on strengthening your entire body also help prevent many diseases such as osteoporosis. Strong muscular stature is also a main target in easing hip and back pains, and other chronic illness. The arms, shoulder, chest and back muscles are used to perform everyday tasks. Developing these muscle groups will make you perform numerous tasks easily.

The lower body must be well-trained because it supports your entire weight. A strong lower body means better stability and less possibility of knee and ankle injuries. Cyclists and runners benefits from improved leg muscles, making them go longer distances before feeling tired and exhausted.

Strength training also improves the vascular structure of muscles, which means capillaries that supply blood to the muscles grow in number, reaching out even to the deepest set of muscle fibers. This increase in capillary density means that the body becomes efficient in removing waste products from cells and delivering nutrients and oxygen. This improves the endurance and strength of the muscles.

Older people particularly benefit from strength training because of their weakening bones. If you use body weight exercises this can cause the bones to absorb calcium, making them stronger and firmer. This can reduce the chances for pelvic and hip fractures. A strong musculature also helps by strengthening the joints, causing freer range of motion. Strong back muscles keep the spine straight and strong, improving posture. All these benefits add to the improvement of the quality of life in later years.

In all strength training routines that you will do, always start with permission from a physician, especially if you have certain physical concerns. Not all exercises are for everyone, so be careful. When you have been cleared to do strength exercises, begin your routines with a warm up. Do warm up exercises for five to ten minutes or longer is the weather is cold. This increases body temperature, loosening the muscles and preventing muscle cramps. It is also important that you cool down after the exercise by stretching.

Using bodyweight to provide resistance is the safest way a person can avoid overtraining. Bodyweight training provides an effective workout without the need to lift external weights. Also, do not forget to give your body a rest. There should be at least one day in between workout sessions to give your body enough time to heal and recover.

Exercising is indeed the best way to remain fit throughout life. We have only one body to last a lifetime, so take good care of it.

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