Discover seven of the amazing benefits strong muscles has on living your best life. Strength training is not just for bodybuilders, it’s for you.
1. Burns Fat – the more muscles you are able to build the more calories your body sheds throughout the day by simply resting or doing nothing. This is because muscles require 3 times more energy to survive in comparison to fat. For example, let’s compare a person who weighs 170 lbs with 30% body fat vs someone weighing the same 170 lbs at 15% body fat. The person with 30% body fat will hold 119 lbs of muscles. The person with 15% body fat will hold 145 lbs of muscles. That is a 26 lbs muscle mass difference resulting to an extra 546 calories burned weekly by the lower body fat percentage for simply doing nothing. To put that in perspective, 546 calories is the equivalent of a 12 oz coca cola and almost 3 slices of Little Caesar cheese pizza.
2. Stronger Bones – vitamin D, calcium, and other micronutrients are not the only methods you can apply to Increase your bone density. Strength training is a viable option proving to be beneficial. This is especially critical to the elderly, those suffering from bone loss osteoporosis, postmenopausal females (thin women), poor genetics, and other diseases and conditions. Incorporate resistance training to your workout regimen 2 to 3 times per week to combat age related bone loss process and stimulate bone growth.
3. Fight heart disease – The two types of cholesterols are high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL are desirable cholesterols that helps us positively maintain our arteries by removing heart diseases causing LDL from our blood stream. Studies shows strength training helps increase HDLs levels, therefore reducing LDLs.
4. Stress reliever – your brain produces a chemical calls Endorphins. Endorphin is your natural pain killer that also improves your mood, similar to an opiate. They are produced when stress or pain are present. Resistance training puts a heavy strain on your muscles causing stress and tears. The more intense your weightlifting workout is the greater amount of endorphins are produced.
5. Joint pain relief – Osteoarthritis alone is responsible for more than 27 million Americans reminiscing on younger days when joint pain was a figment of our imagination. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage, a joint protecting agent deteriorates causing pain and swelling due to bones brushing against one another. Joint pain mixed with weight lifting may seem counterintuitive as physical activities can aggravate symptoms. Conversely, resistance training serves you as a natural joint pain remedy by strengthening muscles and surrounding tissues around your joints reducing potential impacts and frictions.
6. Look and feel better – Brazilian butt lifts, liposuction, and tummy tucks are just a few surgery examples women and some men undergo to boost their self confidence, feeling younger, and attractive. Although these procedures often yields desired results, they are not without life threatening health risks. Let’s not mention the hit your bank account or credit card endures with a cosmetic surgery pricing at an average of over eight thousand dollars. The safe, effective and inexpensive alternative is strength training. Shed the fat, increase your J.Lo curve, lift and grow your butt muscles, tone your body, feel good, and be a better you by simply incorporating resistance training into your fitness journey.
7. Save money – The popular saying “HEALTH IS WEALTH” is quiet precise. Yes resistance training along with aerobic exercises are conducive to saving money. Let’s take a look at the top 3 ways this lifestyle fills your pocket.
- Life insurance -Insurance companies rates are based on BMI (body mass index), medical conditions, age, sex, and other minor factors. BMI takes into account your height and weight to determine if you are at a healthy weight. An overweight person can easily pay 30% or more in premium costs in comparison to an individual who is in the ideal BMI range.
- Lower medical bills – physical activities reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart diseases, and much more. In fact, research tells us physical activities is known to reduce the risk of at least 25 chronic health conditions. Averting these conditions means avoiding expensive doctors visits, rising medication costs, and more time available to earn money instead of sick in bed.
- Employee benefits – Many companies have implemented health preventive incentives in an effort to keep insurance premiums low. The idea is if employees regularly exercise, health conditions deriving from a sedentary lifestyle dwindles. Less medical conditions equates to less medical related expenses. Employer’s health related incentives includes but not limited to gym reimbursements, paid to exercise, free fitness trackers, and more.