Ways Strength Training Boosts Your Health and Fitness

Strength Training Improves Fitness

Muscle strength is crucial in making it easier to do the things you need to do on a day-to-day basis. Resistance exercise strengthens and tones muscles by squeezing against a force. 

Strength training burns calories efficiently.

After strength training, both aerobic and strength training, your body burns calories as it rests. ACE calls it "excess post-exercise oxygen consumption."

Helps Keep the Weight Off for Good

Strength training helps weight reduction more than aerobic exercise because it increases extra postexercise oxygen consumption. “Resistance or strengthening exercise keeps your metabolism active longer than aerobic exercise.”

Strength training improves body mechanics.

Elderly adults who did at least one resistance training session per week—alone or in a program with multiple types of workouts—increased muscle strength, muscle mass, and functional capacity by up to 37%, 7.5 percent, and 58%, respectively.

Manages and Prevents Chronic Disease

Strength training has been shown to reduce symptoms in many chronic illnesses, including neuromuscular disorders, HIV, COPD, and several malignancies. 

Strength training boosts energy and mood.

Strength training may alleviate depressive symptoms. Endorphins promote mood in any activity. 

Improves Cardiovascular Health.

Muscle-strengthening exercises, like aerobic exercise, lower blood pressure and heart disease risk.

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