Top 5 Benefits of Weights and Own Body Weight Training
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Weight or resistance training is commonly associated with lifting weights, but you can also resistance train using your own body weight, bands or household items! The benefits of resistance training are endless and for this reason it should be a staple in exercise programs for women of all ages and backgrounds.
1. Increase bone density and muscle mass
We need regular strength training in order to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass that is associated with ageing. It is also a great low impact option for those that want to increase muscle mass without putting too much high impact stress on the body.
Losing muscle mass and bone density is a natural part of ageing, with as much as 3-5% per decade being lost after the age of 30! 😲 You are more likely to fall and fracture due to your weakness and limited mobility. It also reduces the risk of osteoporosis and arthritis down the track.
2. Increased strength and muscular endurance
By using weights or your own body weight, the muscles are overloaded, which promotes tiny tears in the muscle. This results in muscle growth. In addition to training harder and longer, you will also be able to do daily tasks and other exercise modes much more easily, improving your quality of life as well.
3. Weight Management
Weight training using weights or your own body weight will help in weight management. Strength training increases metabolism and will therefore help you to burn more calories. You will continue to burn calories long after the workout has finished because of an increase in post-exercise oxygen consumption, which keeps metabolism active. Even though we encourage you to focus on the mental health benefits as your primary motivator, it’s important to know this benefit.
4. Adds variety
Cardio can be boring, the great thing about weight and own body weight training is that there are so many different varieties to try! You can also isolate certain muscle groups more easily. Adding variety in your workout routine also prevents your body from plateauing. Keep the body guessing with a variety of exercises that challenge the muscles and the mind.
5. Reduces your risk of injury
As well as making you stronger, weight training strengthens your connective tissue. Ligaments and tendons are therefore stronger and leads to less strain on the joints, reducing the risk of injury! This is especially important for those that play sports or are older in age.
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