Why is resistance training so important? Resistance training is not just about improving muscle size and tone but also benefits your bones, muscle mass, heart, body composition, posture, and body awareness. Resistance training can include free weights, machines, resistance bands, and even your own body weight.
1. Resistance training has been shown to improve bone density. Our bones positively respond to resistance and weight bearing exercises by improving our overall bone minimal density and decreasing the risk for osteoporosis.
2. Resistance training has been shown to improve muscle mass. If we don’t use and strengthen our muscles properly then the decline in muscle mass increases even more with age.
3. Resistance training has been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Studies have shown improvements with blood pressure and cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends weight training at least twice per week to improve heart health.
4. Resistance training has been shown to improve your overall weight and body composition. Studies have shown that as your lean muscle mass increases, your metabolism also increases and your body fat decreases.
5. Resistance training has been shown to improve posture and body mechanics with exercise and functional activities. Posture limitations and poor body mechanics are often caused by muscle strength imbalances throughout the body. Improving your body awareness and posture will help to prevent injury with exercise and when performing daily tasks.
Written by: Madison Goldin, PT, DPT, RYT