Sure it adds tone and definition to muscles, but that’s just the beginning of what this strength-building superpower can do for your future.
Tight abs and sculpted arms aren’t the only benefit of resistance training—the process of using free weights, weight machines, resistance bands and even the weight of your own body to build muscles. There’s also growing evidence that it can slow down the aging process in myriad and profound ways.
It keeps you sharp.
Building up muscle strength may lead to better brain function. Some research suggests that regular strength training and aerobic exercise help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.
It makes you stronger.
Yep, it’s a no brainer but it’s also no joke. At around 30, we start to lose as much as three to five percent of lean muscle mass per year. Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass—making it easier for you to do the things you love at any age.
It’s great for weight control.
Numerous studies have shown that excess weight leads to shorter life spans. Scientists believe strength training helps you keep weight off because it helps boost your resting metabolism. As you gain muscle, your body begins to burn calories more easily, thereby controlling your weight more effectively.
It helps you manage chronic conditions.
Strength training has been shown to reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, back pain, heart disease and depression.
It prevents injury.
People lose bone mass as they age, especially women after menopause. Strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures.
It scores you more shuteye.
Studies shows that strength training can help you fall asleep faster and keep you asleep longer, depending upon the time of day you do it. Mornings are best if you want to fall asleep faster, while those who lift weights at night tend to sleep sounder.
It keeps you upright.
The stronger your muscles, the better your balance. Strengthening exercises can increase flexibility and balance as people age, reducing falls and injuries.
It puts a pep in your step.
Because it elevates endorphin levels—the natural opiates produced in your brain—strength training can help boost energy and improve your mood.
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