Many people believe the common misconception that lifting weights is only for bodybuilders, and those that want to get “big and bulky” muscles; However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Whether you’re 20 or 60 years old, male or female, want to lose weight or gain muscle, everyone can benefit from lifting weights! No matter what your fitness goals are, incorporating strength training will be highly beneficial. From protecting your bone health to losing weight, developing better body mechanics, and beyond, keep reading to learn more about these benefits!
Get Stronger & More Fit
This one may seem obvious, but the benefits of being strong shouldn’t be overlooked! Building muscle strength not only helps you in the gym but in everyday activities, too. Think of all the tasks throughout the day that require you to use muscle, whether you realize it or not; Carrying the grocery bags, walking up and downstairs, cleaning, and the list goes on! It may not always be heavy lifting, but simple things can start to become challenging, especially as you age if you’re losing muscle mass. Lifting weights in the gym on a regular basis helps to maintain and continue building muscle.
Protect Bone Health & Muscle Mass
Did you know that around age 30 we start to lose up to 3-5% of muscle mass each year? Resistance and strength training can combat this! Lifting weights or participating in some sort of resistance training can help improve bone density and muscle mass, which is essential for your bone and joint health.
Losing Weight – And Keeping It Off
While most people are aware that aerobic exercise, such as walking or running, can help to shed extra calories, they’re not as familiar with how strength training can play a big part in weight loss. Strength training helps to increase your resting metabolism, which means that your body is able to burn more calories throughout the day, even when you’re not working out. Since resistance training increases your EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), your metabolism is active long after exercising, allowing you to burn even more calories!
Develop Better Mechanics
Strength training can also help you to develop better body mechanics, such as improved posture. Poor posture can lead to very bad habits in body mechanics and the way you carry yourself throughout the day, which can actually lead to injuries. Many people with poor posture end up straining their lower back muscles and cause them to be overworked. Building your upper body muscles and core can help to prevent this. Strength training also helps to improve your balance and coordination, which are both highly useful for everyday life.
Contact the Personal Trainers at Boston Athletic Club
Want to learn more about the benefits, and start strength training today? The certified personal trainers at Boston Athletic Club can help! Working with a certified trainer can help ensure you’re using proper form throughout exercise, and reaping all of the benefits that strength training offers. Contact us today to set up a consultation!